Despite what Western media are saying, no, Japan hasn’t become a radioactive wasteland unable to sustain any form of life.
I’m always dumbfounded when I see and hear people – not everybody of course – constantly saying that they don’t trust the media and yet they blindly believe anything that comes out of their TV at the same time. Especially when a few minutes of research and a few more minutes of thinking are enough to expose the media lies. The worst, in the current situation, being that some people almost seem to wish that their irrational fears become a reality for some reason. If I had a better background in psychology, I’d certainly study this behavior, but as I don’t, I’ll just pity them instead.
Ok, I didn’t want this post to be a rant, so I’ll stop now with that.
So, not only Japan hasn’t become a post-apocalyptic world, but life follows its normal course (except for the part where foreign tourists are almost nowhere to be seen) in the vast majority of the country.
As an example, tomorrow, on Teshima, a small, almost historical event will take place.
And today, I’m going to do what I’ve never done before on this blog (oh don’t get too excited, nothing exceptional either), that is, tell you about a work of art that I haven’t seen.
That is not because I missed it last October, it is because it hasn’t open yet.
This is why I’m talking of an “almost historical event”. A statement you need to put in relation to the post that I wrote a couple of days ago. No, the Setouchi islands in Kagawa haven’t fallen back to sleep, simply waiting for the next Setouchi International Art Festival in 2013.
New artworks are opening, and not only on Naoshima!
So, today I’m going to briefly tell you about the newest Art Setouchi piece that will have its grand opening tomorrow (that is today already if you’re in Japan) with a small ceremony and all.
It is called Your First Colour and was made by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (a.k.a Elisabeth Charlotte Rist)
It is located on Teshima, in Karato, right next to Shima Kitchen (although that last statement is just an assumption).
You will be able to visit it in just a few hours if you’re in the area.
Obviously, I don’t know much more about it but I will paraphrase the description in the guide to try to give you a few details:
This is a video installation that has been setup in an old storehouse near Karato central square.
Apparently it will be a colorful piece that will also be rich in musical elements.
Here are the opening hours and days :
-Open on holidays and Mondays to Thursdays (from April to October) and Mondays to Fridays (from November to March). 10.30am-4.30pm.
-Admission: ¥300. Free under 15.
Do not hesitate to tell us about it if you get the chance to visit before me (which is likely as I don’t think I’ll be able to be back to Kagawa before a few more months)
Open till October. I might just have a chance to visit the. ^^
That is if we are able to make it to Japan this year. I’m not abandoning any plans to travel to Japan just yet. And it never fails to irk me when people around me start saying we can’t visit Japan anymore. Like, hello?
I think it’ll be openly much longer. There are the April to October but then, there are the November to March hours.
Although October is a great time to visit the area. Not cold, not hot, and lots of Matsuri everywhere.
I decided to ignore (if I’m in a good mood) or openly mock (if I’m in a not so good mood) people that are giving up on Japan. And seriously, if there was no economical consequences, I’d say “good riddance”
I used to make like this concept paper through the night.
Anyway I’m sure that the place became reality by this contemplative concept is awesome.
Yes, I can’t wait to actually see it (and before that hear from people that saw it). 🙂