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TRIP TO SETOUCHI-NAOSHIMA, TESHIMA, OTHER ISLANDS

Naoshima and Teshima are called for art island.

Art Islands
Naoshima is known as an island of art. Contemporary art fits in with natural beauty. There are many places to visit on the island: museums such as Benesse House Museum, Chichu Art Museum and Lee Ufan Museum, all of which are designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando; Art House Project where you can visit seven sites open to the public; and Naoshima bath “I♥湯”. Good for both strolling and art appreciation, as many works of art are placed in various locations around the island.

Teshima is an another art island after Naoshima. Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum incorporates wind, sound, and light into the inside of the building, exhibiting countless shifting appearances as time passes or the seasons change. As re-entry is permitted on the same day, visiting several times is recommended. Teshima Yokoo House, a collaboration between artist Tadanori Yokoo and architect Yuko Nagayama, was created by altering and renovating an old private house, and not only representative paintings but also installations are exhibited in a garden and inside a tower, the whole property itself being an art space. Bicycle rental is recommended as the best way for looking around the island, enjoying the scenery of the Seto Inland Sea, and rice terraces. Shima Kitchen is a restaurant that provides delicious local food where you can’t help lingering because of the comfortable atmosphere. From the observatory of Mt. Dan-yama, you can enjoy beautiful island views of the Seto Inland Sea.

Other Islands In addition, there are so
many other attractive islands in the Seto Inland Sea, such as Inujima, Megijima, Ogijima, Honjima, Awashima, and Ibukijima, where Setouchi Triennale 2016 is to take place from March 2016.

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