Exploring Naoshima: Art Island of Japan

Earlier this year, our friend Eric Wilson, took a path less taken in Japan. Instead of just going to the touristy places like Tokyo or Osaka, Wilson along with his entourage put down Naoshima on their itinerary. Naoshima is popularly known as Japan’s art island and is located in the Kagawa Prefecture. The island got worldwide attention since the works of Yayoi Kusama, Claude Monet and James Turrell have been officially become permanent exhibitions over there. We interviewed Wilson to tell about his experience in Japan’s infamous art island.



Tell me a little about your experience in Naoshima.

Wilson: Naoshima and its neighbor island, Teshima, are both very peaceful islands. I think it’s the perfect place to get to know yourself better because everything there goes back to nature. Everything is calm and everything feels peaceful.



How did you find about it?

Wilson: So firstly, it’s through a friend who went there before. Then I did some research on it. And what I found amazing was that these islands have their own website, which made it so simple and easy to find.



What’s your favorite thing about Naoshima?

Wilson: My favorite thing about Naoshima would be its peacefulness. Maybe it’s because it’s far away from the busyness. So it’s like it hasn’t been tainted by modernization.



Where is the coolest spots to go there?

Wilson: Museums! You have to go to the museums. There was this really amazing museum but it’s quite pricy to get in. Two of my friends even decided not to get in due to the price but I went in and it was so worth it. It’s called Chichu Art Museum. The other must go places also include Tadao Ando Museum, which was incredible and also and Teshima Art Museum.



What’s your most memorable experience?

Wilson: Well for me, the most memorable thing was that it was so hard to communicate there. Apart from that, I remember that everything there was well organized. From the buses that were on time to the museums. But yeah communication was still quite difficult. Maybe it’s because it’s untouched by modernization. Different from Tokyo, where even though people can’t still talk in English, they will still try to communicate through body language. But over there, it’s like totally no English.



Will you go back there again and why?

Wilson: Yeah, I will definitely come back. Why? Over there, the art is high. What I mean by that is, you go there, you go to any spot in the island, and you can find inspiration in just about any corner. Its atmosphere and tranquility lets you see yourself in a deeper way. Away from modernization, and purely experiencing peace.