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Takamatsu, a city of art facing a jewel of the world: the Seto


"Water Mirror"

2013.03.01 by Cathy Hirano
There is so much to see at this year's Setouchi Triennale that I can't possibly cover it all. Instead, I'll offer glimpses to entice those of you who can come to do so, and to encourage those who can't to come next time (2016). Or you can come in between, because much of what is happening will continue between each festival. One thing I can tell you is that it's going to be Awesome!

Today's glimpse is from the little island of Ogijima, which will host 16 different art projects, of which 10 are new. One of these is "Water Mirror", by artist Sayaka Ishizuka. Please note that all photos are of a work in progress. The finished product will be unveiled on March 20, 2013.

Artist explaining the concept

Sayaka first came to Ogijima in 2010 to help friend and fellow artist Rikuji Makabe produce the lovely clapboard collages scattered around the village.

Wallalley collage

She decided to come back for 2013, this time as a participating artist. (See her blog for photos of her life on Ogijima: http://utushimizu.blogspot.jp/)

Her concept is to use treasured artifacts from island life to create "islands" suspended in space - a reflection of the Seto Inland Sea.

Sayaka Ishizuka with work in progress

After exploring the village, she chose the house of a diver with, very appropriately, a wonderful view overlooking the sea. She also went door-to-door, befriending the villagers and asking them to share fishing, farming and household implements.

Although the work is still in progress, it was taking shape rapidly even while I was there with the help of a team of diligent volunteers.

With all the weird and wonderful paraphernalia comprising each "island", it was already fascinating to look at. I'm looking forward to seeing the final result.

Ogijima Access: The island is 40 minutes by ferry from Takamatsu Port (JPY 1,000 round-trip; ferries run every 2 hours between 7AM & 5PM to the island, and every 2 hours between 7:40 AM to 5:40 PM from the island to Takamatsu.)
Takamatsu Access:
Takamatsu can be reached by direct flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport (about 1 hour), by limousine bus from Kansai International Airport (about 3 hours), and by direct flights from China and Korea. It can also be reached by taking the bullet train to Okayama (4 hours from Tokyo) and changing to the Marine Liner bound for Takamatsu (runs every 1/2 hour; takes 1 hour).
Hotels: http://www.japanican.com/index.aspx (when selecting the area of stay, scroll down to "Other Popular Options" and select "Takamatsu/Tokushima/Awashima".)
Also check: http://www.kagawa-yadonet.or.jp/en/

This blog's writer

Cathy Hirano

I've lived in Japan since 1978. After graduating from a Japanese university with a BA in cultural anthropology in 1983, I worked as a translator in a Japanese consulting engineering firm in Tokyo for several years. My Japanese husband and I moved to Takamatsu in 1987 to raise our two children in a slower-paced environment away from the big city pressures. We've never regretted it. I work as a freelance translator and interpreter and am involved in a lot of community work, including volunteering for Second Hand, a local NGO that supports educational and vocational training initiatives in Cambodia, and for the Takamatsu International Association. I love living in Takamatsu.

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