Trip to Japan

During the entire month of May 2012 I have been traveling through Japan. I visited big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and experienced some special zen moments in small town villages like Hakone, Tsumago, Magome, Nara and Miyajima. One of the many highlights of my trip is the Naoshima island. The island is known for its many contemporary art museums. For example, the Chichu Art Museum (literally, “in the earth”) houses a number of site-specific installations by James TurrellWalter De Maria and paintings by Claude Monet. Designed by Tadao Ando, it is located on one of the highest points of the island, and various exhibits and facets of the museum’s architecture take advantage of its commanding view. Another contemporary museum (and hotel) is Benesse House, also by Ando. Another is the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum, with an outdoor sculpture garden. There are some pictures on my Flickr.