Eating Black Eggs

in Hakone Japan

Not too far from Mount Fuji is the town of Hakone.  We took the Tozan switchback train to catch the Hakone Ropeway overlooking the hot springs of the Owaku-dani valley.  Plumes from numerous sulfurous steam vents dot the valley floor creating a strange, other-worldly landscape.  At the end of the trip we were treated to a spectacular view of Mount Fuji.  Walking a bit farther up a hill led us to a cluster of people devouring black eggs!  These eggs were cooked in the hot springs.  The shells turn black because of the sulfur in the water.  As everyone knows, we will certainly have good luck after eating these eggs!