Naoshima island – art and farmland

Naoshima island used to be home to a few fishermen and farmers, however the number of population was decreasing quickly, due to the dying fishing industry and old age of the population.

Naoshima island

Naoshima island

Until the artists came! Today, Naoshima island has a number of art museums and art installations as well as sculptures scattered across the island. What was once a run down island without any real future now has a thriving art community and has become an international tourist destination.

One of the most iconic and famous sculptures is the pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, an internationally renowned Japanese artist who I personally like a lot. So of course I had to go to the island and see her pumpkins! There are actually a yellow one and a red one.

Yayoi Kusama pumpkin Yayoi Kusama pumpkin

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