What are your plans for this year's Halloween? The critters at my Sylvanian village usually like to have a party. A sweets party: candies, cakes, tarts, chocolates, and all sorts of yummy dessert treats. It's a great excuse to indulge.
Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!
I am renovating and count myself lucky that the husband supports the idea of building a display cabinet for my collection. To be precise, he did not say he agree but he also did not say he was unhappy about spending the money, so I took that as he is 100% fine with the idea.
Needless to say, I am excited about this part of the home renovation. I received the first drawing of the cabinet from the interior designer (ID) a few days ago:
It's going to be about 28 meters high (as it will go all the way to the ceiling), 1.5 meters wide, and 0.6 meters deep. Only the middle part will have front panelings in glass to display things, and the rest are for storage. The ID gave me 6 shelvings to display my collection, all adjustable. The only minus point of this cabinet is that you can only see one side of a display, e.g. the front of a Sylvanian building and not the back.
I don't know what else I should include in the design of the display cabinet. It looks very standard to me. Perhaps I should have one shelving which I can pull out, so if someone wants to see what the back of the building look like, I can simply pull out the shelf for this purpose. Anyone has any good ideas?
The hubby likes to visit Japan at least once a year. So for this year’s Japan holidays, I managed to slip into the itinerary a trip to the Sylvanian Village. The Sylvanian Families theme park is located within the Grinpa Amusement Park in the Shizuoka prefecture and near Mt. Fuji. I later found out that the park is really in the middle of nowhere; it's not exactly remote, but you need to travel a fair distance into the Mt. Fuji highlands.
After researching that getting to Grinpa Amusement Park would involve taking one and half hour train (or bus) ride from Tokyo Station to Gotemba, and another 45 minutes of (not-so-frequent) bus from Gotemba, we decided we could not do a day trip to Sylvanian Village with a toddler in tow. On a side note, we travelled during the Obon Festival so there was only one bus from Gotemba to Grinpa Park and vice versa. Even less flexibility for us.
In the end, the more relaxing option we took was to spend a night in Hakone and to access Grinpa Park from Hakone via a rented car. We did not want to spend a whole day in Sylvanian Village, and there were other things to see around Mt. Fuji highlands and Hakone.
It took us about 40 minutes ride by car from Hakone to Grinpa Park. It was a cloudy day, with a chance of showers, when we arrived in Sylvanian Village. We could only see one other family in the whole of Sylvanian Village. The rides within the Sylvanian Village were catered more for younger children like my daughter’s age, which suited us just fine.
I was excited to see some of the Sylvanian buildings in life-size, like the Windmill, the St. John School, Village Bakery and the Sylvanian Kitchen. Daughter had fun going inside the houses and playing with some of the Sylvanian house gadgets.
There was also the Photo studio, which was unfortunately closed on the day we visited, and a Sylvanian Museum. The displays at the Sylvanian Museum were nice as I got to see all the older buildings, and I would love to have a similar display cabinet for the various families. But I had actually expected the museum to be bigger, and the displays to be more awesome rather than looking a lot like the displays at Toys’r’us. I have some of those Sylvanian Families craft books, and I probably had an expectation that the displays at the museum would be something like the pictures inside the craft books.
More about what I saw in the Sylvanian Village later. Hope you had fun so far looking through the photos.
I like to experiment with photography and dabble in crafty things. I started collecting Sylvanian Families in 2009 and hope that someday my little daughter will enjoy playing and collecting Sylvanian Families as much as I do.
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