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Naoshima, in Japan's Inland Sea, anchors an ambitious work by leading artists and architects from around the world to stimulate and revive an ancient community.
On the 'art island' of Naoshima in Japan's Kagawa prefecture, the Lee Ufan Museum showcases this Korean artist, whose simple yet striking works create a feeling of calm and relaxation.
In Japan's inland sea, Naoshima is a small island that's home to striking modern art museums, designed to blend in with the beautiful natural scenery
Nirvana in Kagawa is the end of the Henro, but what it leads on to is also important.
Kotohira is home to the oldest operating Kabuki theater in Japan, the Kanamaru-za. It's fascinating to visit even when there isn't a show on.
Naoshima Island is located in the Seto inland sea and is accessible via ferry from Uno Station. Benesse House, Lee Ufan and Chichu Art Museums challenged my basic concepts of art. These museums enable visitors to be present in the art itself through reflections and shared space.
The museum’s namesake is the amalgamation of two Japanese words, “earth” and “middle”, with the majority of the exhibits displayed under the ground. By going into the earth, you become part of it, and this act in itself explores our relationship with the earth. Most people see the earth, or nature as something that is separate from us, but we actually have a symbiotic relationship with it. Even the act of breathing in oxygen from the trees, and then feeding it with carbon dioxide shows this relationship at its most rudimentary level. We are made from the earth and it sustains us, and somehow, being aware of this connection can be a healing revelation.
Konpira-san is a Shinto shrine in the town of Kotohira in Kagawa, Shikoku. It sits on top of Mount Zozu and provides great views as well as interesting historic buildings