Monday, 11 January 2016

Naoshima, the 'Art Island'

The day after we went to Himeji, we went on the coach and got the ferry to Naoshima. We drove in the coach to Okayama and took the ferry from there. It was a pretty quick ferry, just 20 minutes, but the views were amazing. The Inland Sea is just so beautiful, guys. 

Then we reached Naoshima, and went to Benesse House, which is a modern art museum. I'm not super into art, but there were some cool ones (including a wall of neon flashing signs with abstract words like "Yellow and die" called "100 live and die") as well as the inevitable weird and pretentious ones. But the building was designed by Tadao Ando and it was really cool to go. We also saw Yayoi Kusama's yellow pumpkin (from the coach though).



 Couldn't take pictures inside Benesse house, but the architecture was so awesome.
The view from the museum was lovely.
After that, we visited some of the "Ie Project" (house project) 
Didn't have enough time though. Definitely not enough. 
Naoshima was really quiet, there seriously was barely anyone there apart from the people from my course.
 We also visited a shrine there:


 Then we got the ferry back, how cute are those polka dots though?
Also got to check out Yayoi Kusama's red pumpkin, this one was big enough to go inside and had polka dots, so was obviously my favourite.



 Inside it looked like a spaceship.

 There was another shrine next to the port, so I popped over to have a quick look:


 And then there was a long drive home. We had some good views, but it's hard to get a picture from the coach window.

So that was Naoshima! It was a really cool place to go to, and definitely somewhere to consider if you have time and like modern art. Even if you hate modern art, then you can check out the scenery or something, it's pretty awesome.
Thanks for reading! 
-Amy xoxo
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