Visit Setouchi, Where Nature Meets Contemporary Art
In the Setouchi region, which comprises several hundreds of small islands, contemporary art, architecture and nature coexist off the beaten track.
The Seto Inland Sea hides a secret treasure: a series of islands (3000 in total) with magnificent landscapes, like the floating torii gates of Miyajima, the terraced rice fields of Hyogo and the canals of Kurashiki. Setouchi is known both for its environment and its relationship with contemporary art, and notably its triennial arts festival, which takes place over 12 islands simultaneously. On Naoshima, a sculpture of Yayoi Kusama stands facing the sea.
The event has helped increase tourism in the area while also preserving its typical, traditional charm. Here, the beauty of nature is showcased just as much as works of art.
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Traditional tattoos were strong signifiers; murderers had head tattoos, while theft might result in an arm tattoo.
The Exploded Architecture of Moriyama House
This iconic house, built in Tokyo in 2005 by architect Ryue Nishizawa, is known for its completely spread out structure.
The Tradition of the Black Eggs of Mount Hakone
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Araki Himself Explains the Masterpieces that Changed History
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Kanso, One of the Seven Pillars of Wabi-Sabi
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