Long story short, Yayoi Kusama‘s Yellow Pumpkin is back on Naoshima!
If you need more details, remenber that last summer, the Pumpkin got badly damaged (basically destroyed) by a typhoon. Its future was up in the air for a while, details are scarce, I know some, I don’t know many, but a few months ago it was announced that it was going to return eventually this Fall, most likely in November.
Since then, nothing.
Until last weekend, when some of my little birds on Naoshima chirped in my ears in a way that pushed me to go to this island this morning as early as possible. I couldn’t take the 8 am ferry (I had to bring the kids to school), so I hopped on the 9 am fast boat. I think it was the first time I took it actually.
I got there, a few minutes after the end of the unveiling ceremony. I think it was very early (and wasn’t publicized at all) so there were as few visitors as possible, only locals and guests (and journalists). Journalists were filming their pieces for the local evening news.
And Benesse had a live feed on Instagram, filmed by this woman:
You can see the video if you follow this link (and I just realized that I’m in it, at around 29’30”).
After the end of the live feed, I could take some pictures. Then, I went to see a few artworks in the vicinity and returned later to have the Yellow Pumpkin for myself. And as foreign tourists will start returning as early as next week, it’s probably the last time before a long time, I could have it for myself. (on a side note, if you live abroad and plan on coming to Japan soon, please, wear a mask, there are very few Western visitors at the moment, but almost none is wearing a mask – this is a problem).
Alright, I know you’re here for the pictures, so here they are:
Of course, I filmed a video too:
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Hi David. Wonderful to see that the pumpkin is back! I always make a pilgrimage to visit when I am in Setonaikai. Hoping to visit next year.
I am sorry to see many foreigners are not respecting the society and not masking. How can a person in good conscience see 90% of Japanese people around them masking and decide somehow they are “above” that? It boggles the mind. But I am glad you have been so responsible and caring as an immigrant to the country. I will certainly mask up if that’s the norm next year, it’s really not a difficult thing to do.
Thank you for your continuing coverage of your adopted homeland.