Breakfast served at The Park overlooking the sea.
10:00-12:30 p.m. We visit the Naoshima Art House Project with Mr Kikuta. We will come to understand the art but also the effect that this project has had on the community and on Japanese artists.
The Art House Project takes empty houses scattered about residential areas and turns the spaces themselves into works of art, weaving in the history and memories of the period when the houses were homes.
Honmura Lounge & Archive
Formerly a cooperative supermarket, this building was renovated by architect Ryue Nishizawa to create Honmura Lounge & Archive, leaving the original structure essentially unchanged. Here visitors can find books and other material by and about the artists and architects who have contributed to Benesse Art Site Naoshima art projects.
Kadoya was the first art house completed. This nearly 200-year old house was restored using Japanese plaster, smoked cedar board and traditional tiles. Inside, Tatsuo Miyajima's Sea of Time '98 was created with participation from local residents.
Located in the historical and cultural heart of Naoshima near Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines (Gokuraku-ji and Hachiman Jinja), Minamidera is a new structure that pays homage to a temple formerly at this site, a spiritual gathering place for the community. Designed by Tadao Ando for the artwork by James Turrell inside.
Kinza was formerly a small house, well over a century old. The original roof and supporting structures are still intact, but traditional techniques have been employed to transform the building (including the outer walls) into a work of art.
One industry in Naoshima about a century ago was salt making. The Ishibashi family prospered in this business, and restoring the building where the family lived was identified as a significant way to bring Naoshima's historical and cultural heritage into clearer perspective. Design by Hiroshi Senju.
Gokaisho (literally "a meeting place to play go") was built where a gathering place for go players once stood. Artist Yoshihiro Suda turned the entire building into an ideal presentation setting for his Tree of Spring sculpture inside which was inspired by the painting Falling Camellia by Hayami Gyoshu.
Haisha (literally "dentist"), once the home and office of a local dentist, has been completely transformed by artist Shinro Ohtake into a sculptural/graphic work of art or perhaps a kind of sculptural scrapbook combining an array of eclectic styles.
12:30 p.m. Private boat transfer to the nearby island of Inujima.
1:00 p.m. Simple lunch on Inujima at the Café.
1:45 p.m. First a visit of Sirensho and then the Inujima Art House Project with Mr Shimooka.
Inujima Art House Project and Inujima Art Project Seirensho.
Inujima Art Project Seirensho is a museum that preserves and reuses the remains of a copper refinery on the island. Based on the concept of using the existing to create the yet-to-be, the project brings together architecture by Hiroshi Sambuichi, which makes use of the existing smokestacks and karami bricks from the refinery and uses solar, geothermal, and other natural energies to reduce the burden on the environment. The art by Yukinori Yanagi, uses Yukio Mishima, who sounded warnings over aspects of Japan's modernization, as a motif. The project truly embraces the concept of a recycling-based society as a model for a new type of regional revitalization through industrial heritage, architecture, art, and the environment.
4:30 p.m. Private boat transfer back to the Benesse private dock on Naoshima.
Time to visit The Naoshima Bath Project if desired.
Pre-dinner opportunity to visit the Benesse House Museum while it is closed to anyone but those few staying in the hotel.
Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept "co-existence of nature, art and architecture."
In addition to the works in its collection, the Museum also contains permanent site-specific installations that artists have created especially for this building, locating the installations on their own and designing the works for those spaces.
Traditional Kaiseki-Ryori dinner at ISSEN Restaurant within Benesse House.
Overnight: Benesse House, The Park, Naoshima.