Never been west of Kyoto and Osaka? It’s time to try something new. Many visitors to Japan rarely travel west due to time constraints, yet there are many sights beyond Osaka waiting to be explored. From the whirlpools of Awaji to the folkdances of Tokushima, there are numerous activities and sights to enjoy on the way west. 1. Famous dance festival The Awa Odori Dance Festival of Tokushima is well known throughout Japan for its...Read More
General Information About Naoshima If you ever visit western Japan, Naoshima is a must-see cultural art island filled with modern and contemporary art, situated in quaint Japanese history and tradition. Located in the Setonai-Sea, which connects Honshu (mainland Japan) with Shikoku island, Naoshima is a port city historically known for fishing and salt production. Naoshima is said to have derived its name from the...Read More
‘Ritsurin Koen’ Japanese Garden in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, which was built by the successive feudal lords of Takamatsu domain taking some 100 years, is one of the representative ‘daimyo gardens’ in Japan. *daimyo means feudal lord.
Speaking of ‘daimyo garden’, the three greatest daimyo gardens, ‘Kenrokuen’, ‘Kairakuen’ and ‘Korakuen’, are well known. But, ‘Ritsurin Koen’ is not inferior to these three gardens, and is highly recommended I personallty think. In fact, this garden is granted the highest rank of three stars in the Michelin Green Books. Once you enter this garden, you will be moved by many...Read More
Tadao Ando and Yayoi Kusama, both of them are known all over the world, can be appreciated on Naoshima at the same time.
Naoshima is world-widely known as a small island where art and nature melt into each other. Many modern artworks are found everywhere on this beautiful nature-rich island, so everybody can enjoy them in a leisurely manner finding themselves with plenty of time. Quite a few non-Japanese visitors are here, in spite of the long distance from major cities of Japan with no good transportation. The first picture shows a statue of...Read More
‘Naoshima’ in Kagawa Prefecture, a small island in ‘Seto Inland Sea’, is a treasury of installation arts.
An art project, what is called ‘ie-Project’, was started in ‘Honmura’ district in 1997, where is one of the oldest residential areas on this island. This project was triggered by Mr. Soichiro Fukutake, a well-known businessman in the field of education, and seven core artists participated centering on Mr. Tadao Ando, a world figure. They turned old empty houses into works of art with artistic exterior/interior...Read More
The main gate of a castle in Japan is called ‘otemon’, which is elaborately designed in order to protect the castle against the frontal attack from enemies.
Japan’s castles, surrounded with double or triple moats in most cases, are rather big. Therefore many bridges spanning the moats lead into the castle gates with a variety of designs and structures. The largest and most important gate among them is ‘otemon’ main gate. As this gate had the widest openings, the prospective enemies were supposed to attack here, the weak point of the castle from the perspective of...Read More