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

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Niki de Saint Phalle on Naoshima

  You may already know it, but French artist Niki de Saint Phalle is one of the permanent residents of Naoshima (or rather some of her art), and that since almost the very beginnings of Benesse Art Site Naoshima. There are five sculptures of her...


Beautiful Decay on Ogijima

  Last month, a photo contest was organized on Ogijima. It wasn’t the first time – but for some reason, I had missed the previous ones – most likely not the last one either. Nothing too special, just something fun for Ogijima’s residents and friends....

Shikoku Ferry

Shikoku Ferry

    Before the Great Seto Bridge was built, the Shikoku Ferry was the main link between Shikoku and the rest of the world (or more precisely, the Port of Uno in Okayama Prefecture). Today, it still survives, mostly thanks to truck drivers (the few...

Distant Memory by Chiharu Shiota on Teshima

Distant Memory

    Distant Memory by Chiharu Shiota is one of the permanent artworks in the Setouchi area that have been around since 2010. It can be found on Teshima, in the village of Kō.    

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Sports Day on Ogijima

  Sunday was Sports Day on Ogijima! If you know a little bit about Japan (and I assume you do if you’re reading this), you may already know a little bit about Sports Day (also known as Undokai). You may already know that it’s an...

Stairs on Ogijima

Ogijima in April

  After two months of absence, I finally returned to Ogijima four days ago. I was starting to think that I was cursed or something. Since my last visit back in February, every single Sunday, something prevented me from going; be it having to work (yes,...

Pines in Ritsurin Garden

Pines in Ritsurin Garden

  We’re just out of cherry blossom season. Everyone (myself included) raves about maple leaves in the Fall. Ritsurin means chestnut tree. However, the true “star” of Ritsurin Garden is the pine, which is probably the most common tree in the park, and it looks...

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Ando Museum on Naoshima

  One of the good things about Naoshima, compared to the other islands, is that pretty much all of the artworks are permanent et open all year round. The downside is that there aren’t many new artworks that open for every Setouchi Triennale. (quick note:...

Kawaramachi street

In Kawaramachi

  Kawaramachi is the heart of downtown Takamatsu, with its big building that used to house Tenmaya (and I’m sure it won’t stay unoccupied for long) as well as the main train station of the Kotoden, the only one where the three lines of the...