Setouchi: the Seto Inland Sea, its islands and coastal areas.

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle - 2

Summer in Japan…

  Summer in Japan is insect season… Especially two of them (well, there are dragonflies and crickets, but it’s harder to get good pictures of them): First, my summer nemesis:     If I hate Japanese cicada so much, it’s not because they’re one of...

Takamatsu after the typhoon - 2

After the Typhoon…

  If you’ve ever been through a typhoon, hurricane or cyclone, you know that once it’s over, if you didn’t sustain much or any damage, it’s always a special moment. Sure, there’s the relief that it’s over, but there’s something else; the skies are always...

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Ogijima Matsuri, 2014

  Last week-end a somewhat rare event took place, the Ogijima Matsuri! Somewhat rare, because it only occurs every other year. Another consequence of depopulation. Less people to organize it, less budget, less everything… As the situation is similar on Megijima, both islands have decided...

Rainy Day on Ogijima Port

Rainy Day on Ogijima

    Sunday saw very heavy rains in Western Japan, and Ogijima wasn’t spared. However, despite all this heavy rain, it was also the day of Ogijima Matsuri. I’ll post about it very soon. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Ogijima’s port in the rain...

Holographic Light Display at Sunport Takamatsu - 2

Holographic Light Display at Sunport Takamatsu

  If you’re in or near Takamatsu before August 8th, here is a small event that is not to be missed. Every night, after sunset in Takamatsu Sunport you can see a free holographic light display that is pretty amazing. Honestly, I’m not sure how “holographic” it...

Painting Ogijima - 09

Painting Ogijima with Oscar Oiwa

  Well, the title sums up pretty well what I did on Sunday. A few weeks ago, Oscar Oiwa invited me to help him for a mural painting project on Ogijima. As you may know, Ogijima’s school reopened last April, but as the old school wasn’t...

Ogijima Soul - december 2013

Ogijima’s Soul

    Jaume Plensa’s Ogijima’s Soul – its beauty never ceases to amaze me.   Quick update on a few things: I know, I didn’t post much lately… Well, the World Cup was partly to blame. It’s over now (Congratulations Germany!!! I had waited for...

Japanese giant salamander in Kyoto - 2

Japanese Giant Salamander in Kyoto

  It’s been all around the web for the past two or three days: a Japanese giant salamander was found on the banks of a Kyoto river. If you’ve missed those pictures, here they are. The  Japanese giant salamander (andrias japonicus in Latin, ōsanshōuo in Japanese) lives in Western Japan...

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Construction on Ogijima

  Yesterday, the weather was pretty much perfect, so we decided for an impromptu and long overdue visit to Ogijima:   Ogicho’s port   As the title of the post hints, I was surprised by the number of construction sites on the island. It may...

Papier Mache Tiger

Papier-Mâché Tiger

    This papier-mâché tiger is called a Hariko no Tora, and  think they exist all around Japan. However, this style and design is typical of Kagawa and can be found in pretty much any store that sells traditional objects.    

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Particles in the Air on Teshima

  Noe Aoki‘s Particles in the Air is one of the works of art that have been in the area, namely Teshima, since the very first Setouchi Triennale back in 2010. While it’s not the most amazing Art Setouchi piece, and the concept is a...

Sunset over Seto Inland Sea - 2

Sunset over the Seto Inland Sea

  Returning from Naoshima:   What are all those people doing?   The same thing as I am:   I’m taking this opportunity to remind you that if you ever visit the Setouchi Islands in the Fall or early Spring, you really should take the...

Buddhist Monks at Sunport Takamatsu - 3

Buddhist Monks in Sunport Takamatsu

    Just a few Buddhist monks in Takamatsu’s Sunport.     They weren’t just hanging out, even less traveling. There were actually returning from Oshima.     I wanted a get an “Abbey Road shot” but suddenly the car arrived and destroyed this once in...

Machi no Schule 963 - 5

Machi no Schule 963

  Under this very peculiar name, Machi no Schule 963 (strange mix of Japanese and German – it kinda means “the neighborhood’s school”) is hidden one of the coolest stores in Takamatsu. It is located in Marugamemachi (the fancy part of downtown), but it is pretty well...