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

Takamatsu Sunport covered plaza

Takamatsu Sunport’s Covered Plaza

  In Takamatsu Sunport there is a quite fascinating structure. This covered open plaza has a name, I always forget it, and I doubt many people know it. Its purpose is to serve as an event and exhibit space, and you may have already seen...

Onba Factory - Sept 2014 - 9

Onba Factory – September 2014

  Wow, I can’t believe it’s been more than one year since I last talked (briefly) about Onba Factory on the blog! Time to change this. I guess the place has become so familiar to me that I’m starting to take it for granted. I...

Teshima - Karato Matsuri 2013

Fall Matsuri are coming!

  In some parts of Japan, I have the feeling that summer is the time of the year when one can find plenty of matsuri. But on Shikoku, Fall definitely is Matsuri season. Especially mid-october, a time that is also rice harvest time and this is...

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Konpira-san’s Main Shrine

  And here we are: Konpira-san’s Main Shrine! Finally. Before you go any further, maybe it is necessary to refresh your memory a little, isn’t it? So if your memories of the beginning of Konpira-san’s ascension are a bit blurred (not your fault, I could...

Walkway - Takamatsu Sunport

Sunport Walkway

    Takamatsu Sunport’s walkway. guest starring Shinji Ohmaki’s Liminal Air – core – in the background.    

Tile Dragon

Tile Dragon

    It’s a tile… It’s a dagon… It’s a tile dragon!!!   Note that this picture is a little old, and I kinda have forgotten where I took it, although I think it’s in the small museum of the Ritsurin Garden.    

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Discovering Ibukijima

  A little while ago (actually, two years ago), I visited Ibukijima for the first time.     Actually, Ibukijima is one of the very first Setouchi islands that I have seen without really realizing it, as just a few days into my very first...

Yellow Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama on Naoshima

Japan Left Bank

  This title is a translation of “le Japon Rive Gauche“, the name of an exhibit that starts in Paris on Saturday. I mentioned it a little while ago on my French blog, but in case anyone here is in Paris and doesn’t read French,...

Tsukimi Yagura

Tsukimi Yagura

    Tsukimi Yagura (literally: “Moon-viewing Tower”) is one of the very few original remaining parts of the original Tamamo-jo (aka Takamatsu’s castle). It used to stand by the water, but nowadays, a street and part of the port are between the tower and the water....

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...

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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...