What to Expect
When you use ferry from Uji port of Okayama Prefecture, in 25 minutes a giant red pumpkin come into view through the early morning haze clinging to the dockside. Today, Naoshima island has become one of the brightest stars in Japan's contemporary art scene. The architect Tadao Ando designed many buildings such as Chichu Art Museum buried in the ground, Lee Ufan Museum in harmony with nature, and Benesse House Museum and Ando Museum.
In Chischu Art Museum you appreciate "Open Field" designed by James TURRELL. It is an art as if it were sucked in the light. Other exhibits are 5 paintings of water lily by Claude MONET, and the work "Time / Timelss / No time" by Walter De Maria.
Lee Ufan is a Korean who graduated from Nihon University. He put an emphasis on local stone and space.
Benesse House Museum is a facility that integrates a museum with a hotel, based on the concept "Coexistence of nature, architecture and art." You can enjoy a lot of unique artworks.
Furthermore you can enjoy dotting the beaches. There are 20 outdoor installations such as a giant yellow pumpkin, Naoshima Pavilion, upstairs built of glass in Go-o Shrine.
I do hope you visit Naoshima to appreciate modern arts.