みんなさんこんにちは！Hello everyone! I am Laura, Tenmaku’s staff. I have been working for two months now and I will write a review for the first time! This time I will review a restaurant called Poco a Poco or ポコアポコ in Japanese (it means little by little) but first I will tell you about my day 😊.
Today it was a nice day, sunny and not so hot so I decided to go to a few museums in the Hakone area. There are so many! First, I went to the Venetian Glass Museum. You can get there with S Bus line.
The museum has a lot of small galleries with different artists exhibitions. It is interesting because they also have live concertos. The best part was the garden where there is a bridge covered in small glass beads. With the sun they blink a lot! You can see Owakudani from here 😊
I recommend checking the live glassmaking. One artist shows how they make different pieces behind a glass wall.
After enjoying the live Italian music, I decided it was time to go. The Little Prince museum was pretty close so I went there walking. If you walk slowly you may find some of the colorful lizards that all over Hakone! They are so pretty!
The Little Prince museum also has a very European vibe.
You can learn about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author, and how he wrote the book.
I am from Argentina and I even learned that he lived in Buenos Aires for a while! I didn’t know that.
There were a lot of beautiful flowers and French style buildings. If you love the Little Prince book you definitely have to come here.
Feeling hungry and in no mood for Japanese food I decided to go to a restaurant I saw in Google Maps. It had really good reviews and a Spanish name! I though I maybe could speak Spanish with the staff!
The place was called Poco a Poco (which means Little by Little). It looked really welcoming from outside and had a basket with vegetables on sale. They looked really tasty!
Inside sounded western music and there was a nice atmosphere. There were a lot of Japanese people eating. That was a good sign! I sited and received an English menu which was nice. The staff did not speak Spanish in the end but they were really welcoming! I ordered meat gratin with seasonal vegetables. All Vegetable were picked from they own little plantation so they were super fresh.
The meat gratin was delicious! It had eggplant and tomato <3. Loved it!!!
While I was eating something, I had a nice surprise that reminded me of home again. If you come to Poco a Poco you can have some Yerba Mate! It is an Argentinian and Uruguayan traditional drink. I definitely recommend trying it.
Finally, I ordered some dessert because they looked so yummy! I tried the chocolate cake because I love chocolate 😊. It came with ice cream and watermelon. おいしい！
I think Poco a Poco is a great place to accompany the western style of these museums. The food was great, the place was homey and the staff was really nice! They even invited me to some coffee with the cake!
After that you can take some vegetables on sale if you are still hungry!
My last stop was the Pola Art Museum. It was definitely my favorite but they did not allow pictures in a lot of places.
They have a great collection. You can find here a lot of famous painters as Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Modigliani, and so much more! I was very impressed and I saw for the first time a lot of very well-known artists paintings. They have a Redon exhibition right now that is amazing.
They also have this installation that refers to one of Monet’s paintings that the museum owns. So good!
I had an amazing day! You can visit all these museums with the same bus and they are really easy to find. The one I recommend the most is Pola Art Museum. It is big and has a ton of things to discover.
Thanks for reading! I will see you at Tenmaku!! まったね！！！
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