Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Naoshima Art House Project – Part 2

In my first post I shared with you my experience when I visited Go’o Shrine and Kadoya. Now I will tell you about the other 4 houses – Gokaisho, Haisha, Ishibashi and Minamidera.

Gokaisho designed by Yoshihiro Suda. Gokaisho litterally means a place to meet and play go – a traditional Japanese board game. But don’t expect to see the game being played inside the house. The house features the artists Tree of Spring sculpture inspired by a painting called Falling Camellia by Hayami Gyoshu. The sculpture is a actually flowers spread through out one of the tatami rooms. There is actually two rooms in Gokaisho, one with flowers spread through out it while the other has none. It also has a small garden with a single camellia plant.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gokaisho by Yoshihiro Suda

Haisha by Shinro Ohtake (also designed I♥湯) is I believe the largest of the Art Houses. Each room in the house features different art works. At the first floor you will find a room with dark walls, and find that there are pockets holes hidden from view. The other room with has a sculpture resembling a boat. The floors where made of glass with various items underneath it. Inside the house was a miniature statue of liberty that is as tall as the house. You can get a closer look at the statue at the second floor. The exterior of the house was a unique combination of old junk materials – its like a house made of scrap metal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Haisha by Shinro Ohtake – the name literally means dentist. Used to be a home and office of a local dentist.

Ishibashi used to be the home of a prominent family in Naoshima. Now it features two art works of Hiroshi Senju. The Garden of Kū which is found across the houses garden. The landscape inspired painting by the Setouchi region. And The Falls which looks like a waterfalls. The Garden of Ku painting was not as grand as The Falls. That at first when I came in to the house, I thought that the main thing to see was the garden landscape not until I heard a private tour guide explaining it to a tourist. The Falls on the other hand need no introduction, it was placed inside a dark room where one could hardly see the flooring making the painting effect more dramatic. I wish I could show you an image of it but unfortunately just like in all the other houses visitors are not allowed to take pictures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ishibashi Entrance

And last we went to Minamidera. Actually we came here first but just to get a priority ticket of sort, since only a limited number of guest are allowed inside at a given time. This house is designed by Ando Tadao who has designed several art structures all over Naoshima. He even designed the famous Tokyo SkyTree. Inside tourist will find James Turrell’s “Backside of the Moon” a very intriguing art piece that plays with your eyes. Honestly of all the house that are a part of the Art House Project, I think this house is the most interesting and I think would leave the best impression. The tour starts out in an all pitch-dark room where you will be guided to a bench. I wondered at first how guides managed to do all those thing in total darkness. But once you get the hang of it, you realize the secret of what makes this house special. I wont tell you what it is so that it wont spoil the fun of it. But I really suggest you come visit this place it was really worth the wait or shall I say we really did save the best for last.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Minamidera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Minamidera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Minamidera – Hall way

Visiting 6 of the 7 houses that make up the Art House Project in Honmura was really a unique way to experience Japan.  Most tourist I guess imagine coming here to experience seeing Old Japan, like temples and geisha’s or maybe experience there ever growing unique pop culture. Seeing Naoshima gave me a new image of Japan – something new, something out of the box – Truly a very out of this world experience.

For more information about the Art House Project, please visit their official website.

The following two tabs change content below.

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:

MomoBooks_s

Momotarou, the Japanese old tale

Momotarou “Momotarou” is one of the very well-known folk tales in Japan, and it’s a quite popular character in Okayama where I live, so I felt this would be a good theme to start. Like many children’s stories, Momotarou is about “The good defeats the evil forces”. Outline Once upon a time, there was an […]

Read Article

Go

Let’s Play “Go”! – The Go Board Game in Modern Times and Popular Culture

The Go board game became popular not only in Asia but also in other countries. It also spawned many work of art and fictions. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts harorudo Latest posts by harorudo (see all) Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text 2 – June 3, 2015 Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text – […]

Read Article

20141108_122440

Shimanami Kaido : Beyond the cycling routes

At this years company excursion, we traveled down south to Seto Inland Sea. Located in between Imabari, Ehime and Onomichi, Hiroshima. It took us about three hours to reach the port of Shitadami where we boarded a small cruise vessel to experience the Rapid Tides of the Kurushima Strait. Before the cruise started, the cruise […]

Read Article

Kushida shrine, Hakata 7

Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series. However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations. They offer a free tablet application called “Fukuoka rekishi nabi” (navigation […]

Read Article

Hinoe uma

Jyuuni-shi : Chinese Zodiac in Japan -Part 1- (For age and year)

Jyuuni-shi : Chinese Zodiac in Japan The word “Eto” means a combination of the ten Celestial and the Chinese Zodiac, but in Japan it is quite often used to refer only to Zodiac. “Jyuuni-shi” is the correct word for the Chinese Zodiac. …Hey, I didn’t know that! I had believed “Eto” meant the same as […]

Read Article

Rabbit

We are ninjas : Walk like a ninja!

Ninja walk : “Ashi-nami Jyukkajyou” (Ten walking methods) There is a ninjutsu-sho (a book about ninja’s tricks) entitled “Shouninki” or “Seininki” (literal meaning is “The notes of correct ninja”), written by a military expert in the “Kishuu” domain (the present Wakayama and a part of Mie area) in 1681. In this book, there are ten […]

Read Article

tanuki illust

Are you okay, Tanuki? – The Japanese Raccoon Dog in Legends and Popular Culture 2

Last time, we featured how the tanuki is similar to the kitsune in terms of how they are portrayed in Japanese legends and myths. In this post, we will talk about how the tanuki is depicted in modern Japan and in popular culture. When you stroll around Japan, you will notice that restaurants and pubs, […]

Read Article

vacation

Golden Week – Shōwa Day

Tomorrow in Japan is Shōwa Day. It is the start of the so-called Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク, Gōruden Wīku). Often abbreviated as GW, Golden Week is a term applied to a series of public holidays between April and May. Golden Week The current holidays celebrated during this period are: April 29 – Shōwa Day (昭和の日, Shōwa […]

Read Article

sumo heya (2)

Sumo: More Than Just a Martial Art – The Sumo Wrestler

As sumo has its roots from a religious background (originally performed to entertain Shinto deities), sumo wrestlers lead a highly regimented way of life. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts harorudo Latest posts by harorudo (see all) Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text 2 – June 3, 2015 Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text – […]

Read Article

4881450065_fe7f37024d_z

Playing with Flowers in Cards: Hanafuda 2

As we learned in our first post about Hanafuda (花札), they are Japanese playing cards that are used to play a number of games. The name comes from two Japanese words hana (花) which means flowers and fuda (札) which can mean cards. Some call it “flower cards” in English. In this post, we will […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+
    InstagramInstagram
PAGE TOP ↑