I visited the Hakone Museum of Art in late November two years ago to see its beautiful autumn foliage. In the second story of this series, a special area only open to the public in November is featured.
This area includes Nikko-den, a hall designed by Mr. Isoya Yoshida, that can house 1,000 people. This hall was built to provide space for various performances, but there is also lots to see here; the brilliant spacious lawn in front of the garden, a gentle walking path, the 'Ryuto-no Taki (Dragon Head Waterfall) and a pond with a gigantic 70-ton stone. Although I visited a little late for the peak of autumn foliage, the multi-colored fallen leaves floating in the pond were gorgeous. The Japanese Garden 'Sekiraku-en' is also open to the public only on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and during the whole of August and November. The autumn foliage at the Hakone Museum of Art is, true to its reputation, just beautiful!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.