Japan – my most anticipated destination since a long time – exceeds my expectations!
My first stop brought me to Naoshima island – one of Japan’s art islands.
The best part is that All Nippon Airways (ANA) has now a direct flight from Vienna to Tokyo and from there it’s just a short distance to the art-forward Seton islands. The so called Seto islands faced a huge problem a while ago – young people were leaving for the large cities and the islands were slowly depopulated. There was no real perspective, economically and socially.Along came two men with a vision. The founder of Benesse (a major education company) and the mayor of Naoshima. In the late 1980s they decide to transform the islands into art spaces and what happened in the following decades is probably unprecedented.
You maybe have read already about my favourite architect Mr. Tadao Ando already in my past blogposts. Tadao Ando was commissioned to build a museum and that was only the start of a long lasting relationship – now you can find his imprint all over the islands.
But of course there are also many other creative visionaries all over the islands like @yayoikusama. She left her mark with two pumpkins, which might be the most photographed pumpkins in the world.
Waiting in the clouds
An artwork from the sky is awaiting you at the Naoshima port: The Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their firm SANAA designed the terminal for passengers waiting to disembark the island – giving you a place to park the bicycles or motorbikes before your journey.
I highly recommend to visit the art islands of Japan – it was the perfect start into our discovery of a country full of culture and so much dedication.
Overshirt/Jacket: A Day’s March *
Cashmere Pullover: A Day’s March *
Trousers: Eytys – similar here
Sneakers: Novesta – similar here
Belt: Gucci Vintage – similar here
Hat: from a street stall – similar here
Location: Naoshima Port, Japan
Photography: Lady Venom / Marion Vicenta Payr
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