People on Naoshima


Sometimes, while waiting for the ferry in Miyanoura Port, I think that the people on Naoshima make interesting photography subjects, don’t you?


I never fully understood the act of taking a picture in front of something else.
At least, she’s not just standing there idiotically.



The thing that surprises me the most every time I go to Naoshima are Westerners… Westerners, everywhere!!! Seriously, I went last week – not for tourism but to help a friend researching something – I think there were more Westerners than Japanese people. That’s why I find it quite amusing when I read here and there that Naoshima is “off the beaten path”. Naoshima receives about half a million visitors a year, how is that for “off the beaten path”? 🙂






On very busy days, expect long lines to get on the ferry. Yes, nowadays, apart maybe in the middle of winter, I think there are no “non-busy days” on Naoshima anymore. Even off season is busy. And if you go on week-ends during the Setouchi Triennale or on special days, like Golden Week, expect big crowds and lines everywhere.



Note: I usually don’t post pictures of strangers on this blog, but in such a touristy place, I think it’s fair game. However, if you recognize yourself on one of the pictures and would like me to take it out, no problem, just ask.



David Billa

David was born and raised in France. After a few years in the US and then back to his home country, life led him to the shores of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. After falling in love with the area, he decided to show its beauty and all it has to offer with this blog.

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