48 Hours on Japan's Art Island

Japan, Naoshima Guide (B): 48 Hours on Japan's Art Island

There's something about arriving at a destination by boat that makes the travel experience infinitely more exciting. On our approach to Naoshima, one of some 3,000 islands which dot Japan's Seto Inland Sea, I watched with bated breath as the isle slowly revealed itself from the ferry's window, lush undulating hills rising from placid turquoise water. The air was heavy with a thick summer haze that enveloped Naoshima in a cloak of mystery, and my eyes strained in their search for a glimpse of what we'd traversed air, land and sea to behold: art.

Naoshima's roots in the art world began rather humbly in the 1980s as a plan to create a gathering place where children could learn in an unspoiled natural environment. A camp of yurts were transported from Mongolia and erected along the island's sandy shores, where Karel Appel’s outdoor sculpture Frog and Cat became the island's first permanent art installation. It was the start of a project that would grow far beyond its initial vision: over the next 30 years the island would become a mecca for art, its site-specific installations and Tadao Ando-designed modern art museums drawing pilgrimages to the 3-mile-long island from across the globe.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 48 Hours on Japan's Art Island
Guide Location: Japan » Naoshima
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Miyanoura Port   Kusama’s giant pumpkins   Chichu Art Museum   Benessee House Museum   Chichu Art Museum   Lee Ufan Museum   Ando Museum   Naoshima Bath I LOVE YU   Little Plum   Shioya Diner   Konnichiwa Café   Teshima Art Museum  
Author: Kate Bitner
Read it on author's website: http://www.nomadinnihon.com/blog/48-hours-on-japans-art-island