This was our second Thanksgiving in Japan since moving to Asia. There is something familiar about Japan that doesn’t feel as foreign to us. We both lived there for short periods of time. We speak a little of the language. We know how to get from place to place and the customs and every day life are not as foreign as many other places. And, thanks to friends, we knew about this beautiful island that even many Japanese have never heard of.
This may look like a shot of gers in Mongolia but they are actually on Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Known as the Art Island, Naoshima is now much more than just art. There are restoration projects of traditional Japanese houses, a sustainable rice growing project, environmental education and of course fabulous art both in the museums and outside in parks, on the side of cliffs, in our hotel room — just about everywhere you look.
Here is a short description and history of how Naoshima came to be. No pictures from inside the galleries but here is a taste of the outside installations from around the island.