Have you heard of Anpanman? It’s pretty much a Japanese sensation that every kid loves and knows about as soon as they are born. It’s a toddler/kid favorite and they happen to have a museum called the “Anpanman Museum” in a few locations across Japan.
My daughter is also now into anpanman and we couldn’t wait to take her here. We visited the Yokohama Minato Mirai location and she absolutely loved everything about it. It’s like Disneyland for little kids but it’s not as big and a lot more compact so it’s easier to get around and still tires your little one out :D
There’s plenty of stimulation for your child from shows, things to see, interaction play area, game centers, food, shopping, even kids haircut. The museum is 1500yen per person (for both adults and kids above age 1). Even if you don’t go into the museum though, there’s plenty of free areas just to have fun so it’s totally worth visiting. In fact, the dancing show was the highlight for our daughter and it was in the courtyard which is in the free area so you can keep coming back but not enter the museum part if you’d like.
If you have a young child, this is definitely a fun place to come explore :)
Address // 4-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-227-8855
Website // http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/main.html
“The Art Island”, Naoshima!
Have you been to Naoshima? It’s an island off of Kagawa, located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Perhaps you might have seen photos of Yayoi Kusama’s famous pumpkin? The island is famous for its beautiful collection of contemporary art galleries and exhibits and can be seen all in one day.
Access to this island is either by ferry or boat. We took the ferry from Uno and visited all of the places below. It’s a nice relaxing getaway for those who want to experience a little time away from the city.
– Art House Project:
– Chichu Art Museum:
– Benesse House:
– I Love Yu Bathhouse (I♥湯):
– Ando Museum:
– Lee Ufan Museum:
Will share a cafe we enjoyed on in my next post!
Went hiking at Muir Woods National Park located 1hr North of San Francisco, CA. We went on the perfect day where it wasn’t too cold or too warm and we had a great time exploring the famous redwoods and enjoying our hike throughout this beautiful and quiet park full of vibrant greenery. As you may already know, I love hiking and have climbed Mt. Fuji, Takaosan, Komagatake, Half Dome in Yosemite, etc and now adding Muir Woods to my repertoire :)
They have multiple trails to choose from and you can mix the trails too which is nice. We got there first thing in the morning when the park opened at 8am and had a great ~4 hour hike. We then headed to Muir Beach and explored a bit plus stopped by Marin Country Mart as well.
Next up is an uber stylish company located in San Francisco. I recently had a chance to visit my friend at the Pinterest HQ which is located in SoMa. Their office is in a warehouse space that has artistic architecture and screams industrial cool. Their open-space concept with high ceilings, pops of colors throughout, and fun detailed decorations make the space more like a lounge than an office space. Loved the clean modern space with all the little touches throughout their office that made the place fun to work in yet cozy. The best part is, even the employees are surprised by the constant change in their office space as the designer keeps adding/moving around their furniture to keep it exciting.
As for their food options, the employees get free lunches everyday. Their lunch is catered daily but always has a salad bar/deli section. They also have lots of free snacks and drinks to choose from as well. The day I visited was Indian Curry day so I had some curry + salad. The last photo of the pink flamingos are from the women’s bathroom! Check out more photos after the link below.
Guess what? I am currently in Sunny California making my tour around this awesome state, and I got to visit Facebook Headquarters located in Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA to be exact). It’s probably one of the largest scale campuses I have visited for a tech company, and believe it or not, they are building a new larger campus across the street because they are outgrowing their current space!
My visit to Google Japan’s office was quite exciting but this is a whole different scale and it feels like you are visiting Disneyland or something. As I walked through their campus, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in college as everyone seems young and dressed in relaxed outfits. So different from the Japanese salary-men style. The office layout is open concept and it definitely feels like the “IT” place to be.
The food is the best part. SO many options to choose from!! There’s a specialty BBQ place, Burger joint, Sushi restaurant, Coffee shop, Sweets shop (Bakery, Ice cream, Froyo), and a cafeteria that changes their menu daily, Juice Bar, Salad Bar, Make your own Sandwich/Panini section, just unbelievable. The most amazing part is, aside from a few restaurants, everything is FREE for employees and guests! I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat due to so many options, I decided to get something from the cafeteria and Sweets Shop and had a pretty good experience :D