JAPAN ART ISLANDS

2015 March – I had a chance to explore the Japanese art islands, namely Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima, with two girls from Norway and Denmark. 

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Inujima
We started from Inujima, exploring the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and the ‘Art House Project’. A few hours stroll is enough for this tiny island but while doing so you are instantly attracted by the island’s slow ambience.

Teshima Island
Renting an electric bicycle is the best option, I believe, to immerse yourself into the amazing ocean view and fresh breeze. Though art sites are scattered all over the island, first and foremost we headed to our top destination: the Teshima Museum, which was just amazing! It’s definitely something that you never know how you feel until you are there.

We spoiled ourselves with a beautiful lunch of local fishes and vegetables at SHIMA KITCHEN.

The old-style Japanese Inn Takamatsuya was our sweet home here.

Naoshima
Not only the Yellow Pumpkin here in Naoshima. Shooting with lights and shadows against the Tadao Ando’s architecture, shabu-shabu dinner (local pork was really great!) and the cozy mongolian pao room at the Tsutsuji-so was really fun!

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I had known about what the art islands are like but never entered until I had guests from Scandinavian countries. I can confirm now that these islands are just amazing, something that you can experience only in Japan, and worth traveling even far from the European countries as my friends did. As always, Seeing is believing!