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Particles in the Air on Teshima


Noe Aoki‘s Particles in the Air is one of the works of art that have been in the area, namely Teshima, since the very first Setouchi Triennale back in 2010.

While it’s not the most amazing Art Setouchi piece, and the concept is a bit questionable (it’s about making visible particles that usually are invisible while floating in the air… if you say so…), it’s still an interesting sculpture located in a very interesting setting.


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The sculpture is located at the entrance of the village of Karato, just above a large water tank, which – although I could be wrong – supplies the village with water. It is also right next to a small shinto shrine and the view on the fields and the Seto Inland Sea downhill from there is simply stunning. There is also a small pool that used to be the source of freshwater for the people of Karato (uphill is one of the few springs that can be found on the island), and a few more little details that make discovering this spot a small adventure in itself. The place almost has an unreal atmosphere, being at the crossroads of many different realms: natural and manmade, historical and contemporary. A place where there isn’t much to see if you don’t pay attention and that is so rich and fascinating if you stop and look around.

So don’t overlook it during your next visit of Teshima.



Particles in the Air is an outdoors artwork as such is accessible year round, every day, at any hour, for free.



4 thoughts on “Particles in the Air on Teshima”

  1. I happened to come across this piece too, completely on accident last year when I visited Teshima. It is quite out of the way, off the beaten path, and you can only get there by following these tiny little old streets between these old houses and stone walls. The view from there was great indeed! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Dan, glad to see you’re still reading. 🙂
      Thanks for the comment.
      By the way, these days, I work in Yashima three days a week, and once in a while I see foreign students riding their bikes along the road, and I think of you, guessing that they live where you used to.
      I hope all is well.
      Any plans to come back in town in the future?

      1. Well, I don’t get to read as often as I’d like to, being in my final semester of college, but I was glad to see something familiar to me! 🙂

        Yashima is an interesting place to live, and working there I’m certainly not surprised that you’re seeing foreigners biking down route 11. The international dormitory is along the river, behind the pachinko shop near the Power City. There are some cool places in Yashima that not many people know about. I encourage you to explore a little bit if you haven’t already. 😉

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