Setouchi Triennial – Summer 2013, a set on Flickr.
Just a few photos from Junko and my three day trip to Teshima, Naoshima, Ogijima, Megijima, Uno, Takamatsu, and Marugame. I fear you may find the descriptions not nearly detailed enough, however it should give you an general idea of the atmosphere and breadth of art we saw. So many things in the art world are “non-vicarious” (to use a term coined by James Turrell)–but perhaps this may be the stimulus you needed to get out and experience some art.
Sakuragumi, Ako Misaki and More, a set on Flickr.
Sakuragumi. Pretty famous around these parts, its the only hot cool restaurant in the area. 5 course meals, fancy spirits, incredible views. The city is also allegedly in the midst of a campaign to make the area a couples destination–check the pictures and I’m sure you’ll be able to see why they’re having no problem pulling it off.
This little unassuming pizza place, in the very rural city Wake, Hyogo, has probably the tastiest slices of pie you can get within a hundred miles (at least–another blogger seems to have come all the way from Osaka). That is certainly debatable, depending on your tastes (Sakuragumi in Ako certainly delivers a more traditional Italian style flavor), but I’d argue this is the closest I’ve had since arriving in Japan to real family-business style Pie from back in America.
The do have a website. It’s here. The cost is pretty reasonable as well, around 1500￥ per pie and Heineken on tap for another 500￥ a pint. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.
Though these models are ubiquitous and fairly inexpensive in Japan, putting one together was sort of a dream come true. I once wished for every transformer robot toy in the world for a birthday. Though that may be impossible (and undesirable, now that I realize how much space it would take up), I still think these things are fun and amazing feats of engineering and design.