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

Takamatsu at Dusk

  I know, one of Japan’s New Year tradition is to go see the first sunrise of the year. Honestly, it’s not a tradition I’m too fond of; too cold and too early for me. So instead (and it started well before Japan actually, the...

Oiwa Island 2

    Oiwa Island 2, by Oscar Oiwa is one of my favorite artworks from the Setouchi Triennale.   Originally located on Ibukijima in 2013, it was moved to Shodoshima, where it was completed in 2016. (read Dru’s post about the artwork too) It currently...

Octopus Traps on Ogijima

    If you’ve wondered how to catch octopus, it’s pretty simple actually. See, they love to hide in narrow holes in the rocks underwater. So fishermen, lay those traps on the sea floor, they wait for a little while, and then after you pull...

Gokuraku-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Second Temple

Barely more than a kilometer after leaving Ryozen-ji, pilgrims on the Shikoku Pilgrimage will encounter their first stop, Gokuraku-ji. There’s some excitation arriving there. This time, it’s for real, the pilgrimage is underway, it’s too late to change one’s mind. This is the second temple,...

Farewell Dream of Olive

  I was informed that another artwork from the Setouchi Triennale 2016 was dismantled today. It’s not a surprise, but it’s always a bit sad. Today, it was the turn of Dream of Olive by Wang Wen-Chih that was located in the valley of Nakayama...