The Stylish Sculptures of Ito

Modern art in a seaside park

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

In Japan one can come across urban sculptures quite often, be it small ones of birds sitting on a fence or large spectacular ones.

I was most impressed by the stylish and abstract sculptures in the seaside park of the small town Ito in Shizuoka. It wasn’t a case of few single sculptures but the compound of figures that made up unique compositions and special space. The sculptures looked different from various points of view and were as interesting up close as they were from afar. Each figure was expressive and symbolic.

I arrived at the park at dusk and saw dark silhouettes of the figures against the grey sky. There were no people in the park and nothing distracted from viewing that 'sculptural exhibition.' The next day was sunny and bright, creating another perspective of the sculptures - this time they had become voluminous.

The sculpture park of Ito is located on the seaside of Sagami Bay of the Pacific Ocean where one can feast their eyes on the waves and small ships while listening to the cries of seagulls in the park. Popular in summer, in spring it is quiet and all yours.

Getting there

Take the JR Tokaido Line to Atami Station. Change there for the JR Ito Line to Ito Station.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!

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