Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hakone and Mt. Fuji

Mt Fuji!!
almost blown away by the wind up on the mountain!
stinky hot springs
don't go in there!

look at all of his eggs! haha
lush forests all around beautiful Hakone

Please excuse my lack of blog posts! Tokyo has been very rainy and uninspiring this past week. Fortunately, our dorm was closed for Monday and Tuesday, so we had to find hotels for two nights. Sig, Trudy, and I decided to get out of the city and go to this small town in the mountains called Hakone. What a good call!! Hakone is famous for their hot springs, so we caught up on some much needed R&R. During the day, we set up the mountain to get some views of Mt Fuji. We lucked out! Apparently, you can only see it once every four days or so. We were able to catch it for about half an hour before the fog rolled back in. There were these crazy sulferic hot springs near by, spewing steam and stinky aromas. They boil eggs in the springs which turns them black. Of course, we had to try them! It didn't taste that much different, but they supposedly add seven years to your life :) It was a much needed trip. I eally needed to see some greenery after being stuck in the concrete jungle aka Tokyo.

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