Naoshima


In the end of our journey we had 3 days reserved for the art island of Naoshima (forming a group of art islands with Teshima and 7 others in the Inland Sea).

We stayed in the Benesse House Hotel on the island which has pro and cons. The pro is that you are there and central – the con… well it’s rather expensive and not our style of people Fledermaus. Should we ever go back I guess we would stay in one of the surrounding cities and take the morning / evening ferries, but who knows? Smiley

Getting to the island is simple

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An evening approach

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in calm waters

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The 1st officer keeps watch

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and lookout

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interesting sky – we expected rain, it just got warmer Zwinkerndes Smiley

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And children have fun with well known games

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When you enter the guest rooms in the hotel this statue always gave me the creeps as it was the first thing to see after the door…

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In general don’t expect too many pictures of the art inside as they were very strict about this (not allowing it with tripod, for commercial, etc.)

Let’s say they have a very interesting architecture (Tadao Ando did most things) and style

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It’s all very cool and minimalistic

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Buildings as art

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With nice sculptures

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like grass swinging in the wind

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more art…

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Just impressions

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of style

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View through our window shade into the garden

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Another attempt

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As supplies were sparse we headed to the main city (tiny…) to get some water, drinks, etc.

To our surprise the temple was very nice

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With nice figures

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and guardians

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Yes, this one too…

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As we had a bit of time and now a proper supply of matches Ursi was enjoying a cigar at the pier

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Quite and unusual sight in Japan…

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Our station Zwinkerndes Smiley

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With the omni-present Japanese soft-boiled egg (already salted inside)

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Very peaceful indeed

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The pumpkin is quite well known

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Maggots!

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big ones…

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From the inside Zwinkerndes Smiley

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He was obviously enjoying himself

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And this guy had an early dinner…

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Well, art is all around you

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As are jelly-fish

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We have never ever seen so many of them before

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View from our balcony over the sea to Takamatsu

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Art excursions

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garden art…

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burnt wood

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I loved the colour contrasts

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A recycled building

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The public baths are an art project in themselves

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After the dinner was too expensive for what it actually was the first night, we decided to go to an outside place on the 2nd evening… Good choice! Grill your own…

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Horse meat tartar with egg yolk – yummy!

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Well, this is how it looks before Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Clams Smiley

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Beef, pork and squid

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Afterwards some digestion walk along the harbour meeting old friends

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friends?

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No swimming…

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Puffer fish…

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Art installations everywhere

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And the well known pumpkin next to the hotel

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rather big, not as big as the red one

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Here comes the dark force…

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Hmmm – sceptical looks as reflection

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In the evening we opted for the hotel restaurant once more and this time everything was great

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sake glasses

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the starters

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Yummy!

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With the sunset reflection in the pictures

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Salty Custard

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Green pea bun glazed with sauce

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Cooked fish

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Some sample Kaiseki menus

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And these one as well…

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From Naoshima the island of Teshima is just a small boat trip away, yet a totally different, even more peaceful world of its own.

The temple was stunning with the bent stairs (done by the roots of the tree)

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And art, of course

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Water outlet

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Natural clear spring water – very mineralic

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And a wonderful eating place for a perfect lunch. They really outdid themselves

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And the cedar tiles

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Just look closely where the engine is supposed to be – 50 cm³ instead of 1000 Smiley A small downsized version of a chopper…

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The way back

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on a speed boat Smiley

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All the inland islands very used heavily for industry with all the nasty by-products. Now they try to get rid of everything and convert it – but this takes ages…

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Sunset with the bridge through some rocks

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Modern Art I

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Modern Art II

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An installation

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My interpretation of another installation

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And one more…

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After being filled with so much art saying good-bye was not easy but we had to get to Tokyo. So we took the Marine liner once more

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That’s the train…

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And this time paid the extra fare for 1st class as this means the upper part of the car Smiley

Which means you actually see something as the lower part is behind a wall… And if you travel over the longest bridge in the world (9.4 km) than it really is worth seeing.

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It is really high up and a bit eerie feeling being some 40 m above ground in a train.

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Everything looks really small down there…

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This gives you some impression Zwinkerndes Smiley

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And again Japanese – reading manga online Smiley

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This video might give you some more impressions

 

And another example of English gibberish Zwinkerndes Smiley

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At least we saw the real Fuji as well on the way north…

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Kategorien:Art, Japan, Shikoku

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