November 30, 2017

From Tokyo to Naha

Last autumn we travelled for six weeks, exploring the Japanese art-scene.

Travelling from the bright light's of the capital to the remote islands in southern Japan, we got to explore the latest art exhibitions and meet several inspiring artists and designers along the way.

Visiting some of our favourite spots in Tokyo, including Tokyo's Photographic Art Museum to see Araki Nobuyoshi's exhibtion 'Sentimental Journey 1971-2017' and Tokyo Wonder Site's final exhibition 'Shibuyajizai-Infinity, or Self-Territory' in Shibuya.

We traveled by train, boat and plane visiting longstanding establishments to independent art spaces. From Kanagawa's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art where we 'swam' in Leandro Elrich's swimming pool to island hopping in the Seto Inland Sea where we were entranced by artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa's collaboration at Teshima Art Museum with their breathtaking installation of dancing water.

In Kyushu, we visited Onta a pottery village hidden away in the mountains dedicated entirely to the craft and where in the 1950s, the world renowned potter Bernard Leach visited to spend a short period studying ontayaki to Anthony Gormeley's iron sculptures camofolauges in the forest of Kirishima's Open Air Musuem. And finally, venturing to the most southern island of Japan to discover the famous Ryukyuan pottery.

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