This weekend I had the opportunity to meet up with a friend from uni in Australia, Yuki, who lives here in Tokyo. Yesterday, Eivind and I were invited over to Yuki and her husband’s home for dinner, a delicious set of home-made Japanese cuisine. We also got to meet Yuki’s friend and co-worker Hikari 🙂
Today, our excellent Japanese hosts took us on a day-trip to a popular recreation area named Hakone about an hour and a half by train outside Tokyo. Hakone is an area with high volcanic activity, which was clearly visible with steam erupting several places and sulfur-colored ground. We rode a cable-car with quite a view to the highest point accessible at an elevation of 1050 meters.
At the top, we got to eat eggs boiled in the hot spring. Fascinatingly, the eggs turn black when being cooked in the mineral-rich waters! Looks pretty far out, but it’s only the shell that changes color, the inside and the taste is like a normal egg. According to Japanese folklore, eating an egg boiled in the hot spring will add seven years to your life, so knowing that I might extend my year of travelling a bit 😉
We rounded off the day with a visit at the Hakone public bath, where we enjoyed soaking in the warm waters of the hot springs. Thanks for an excellent weekend guys! 🙂