The next day, we were signed up for the bus tour of Kobe Science Museum and Osaka Castle, so we got up bright and early and grabbed some breakfast at the hotel. When we got on the bus, we found out that we were actually also going to the Arima Toys & Automata Museum, which I was pretty psyched about.
The next floor had a bunch of more free form puzzles and creativity toys, such as various blocks, ramps for marbles, and such. There were other toys such as shoot-the-moon, and many Naef play objects.
The last floor had a model train, which I found to be somewhat less interesting. Time was limited, so I didn't spend much time there. While we were perusing the exhibit, I got a chance to speak to Dick Hess, which was really cool since he is literally wrote the book on wire puzzles. I told him how I spent a year trying to figure out his Yak puzzle and how I enjoyed several of his other designs. He's a really nice fellow and we chatted for quite a bit. He has travelled in China so Kellian enjoyed speaking with him as well.
Small Box #5, with the raised base. The mechanism is not bad, but I was disappointed to find that it was pretty much the same as the Ribbon Box from Bits & Pieces. Oh well!
I also had a chance to meet Marcel Gillen, who is known for his interesting designs that were machined out of aluminum, such as his series of chess piece puzzles where the object is to open them up. His pieces were produced by Bits and Pieces, though none of them are available anymore. When Marcel learned that Kellian didn't have any plans for during the puzzle exchange, he mentioned that his friend, Rene Dawir, could use and exchange assistant if she'd like to participate. How thoughtful!
After the museum, we got back on the bus and headed to lunch. Lunch was tasty, and Kellian and I sat with Alan Rolfs and his wife. After lunch, we got back on the bus and headed to the Kobe Science Museum.
At this point, we were pretty tired so we were happy to be heading back to the hotel. Due to traffic, we got in a bit later than anticipated so we just had a few minutes to clean up and change before heading to the Founder's Reception.
PuzzleMaster.ca, and Teddy Sakamoto of Hanayama.
It is a design by Oskar van Deventer, and is a level 5 out of 6. I tried it for 30 minutes or so and haven't had much luck with it. I look forward to solving it and will write more about it when I do.
2010 Design Competition room was about to open, and I would finally get to try out a whole bunch of new puzzles! Unfortunately, it is going to take me a very long time to write about all of them, so I'm going to have to save it for after I return.
I puzzled until they kicked me out at 10:00 when the room closed, and hung out in the lobby with some other puzzlers until it was time to go to bed. What a day! And tomorrow was going to be the puzzle exchange!