ARTWORKS ON SETO INLAND SEA
SETOUCHI TRIENNALE CELEBRATES MODERN ART
Those scheduling a visit to Japan this year, particularly in fall, are lucky. The final gathering of the Setouchi Triennale 2019, which currently consists of three sessions per year, is taking place on the islands and at ports in the Seto Inland Sea region in western Japan.
From Sept. 28 through Nov. 4, visitors can fully appreciate all the area has to offer through the fall phase of this internationally recognized art event. Together with the region’s distinctive culture nurtured through its marine heritage, people can enjoy interesting artworks by domestic and international artists displayed at various sites, including outdoor venues.
A unique feature of this triennale lies in that its venues are dotted among the islands and ports of Kagawa and Okayama prefectures. The venues are located on 11 islands during the Fall Expansions event — 10 in Kagawa and one in Okayama — and two ports; one at Takamatsu, Kagawa’s capital, and the other at Uno in Tamano, Okayama.
Even for travelers who are not avid art fans, touring these sites alone makes for an unforgettable journey as all of the places feature stunning scenic beauty.
The fourth incarnation of the triennale since its inception in 2010, the 2019 event is organized under the theme “Restoration of the Sea.” It features seven concepts: Art and Architecture, Celebrating Local Identity, Revitalizing Local Communities, Connecting Setouchi to the World, Incorporating the World’s Wisdom, Shaping the Future, and Locally Sustainable.
Before visiting the area, travelers are recommended to check various tickets that allow options for viewing and transportation. These include the Triennale Passport and a special three-day ferry pass.
The West Japan Railway Co. offers the Setouchi Area Pass (https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/setouchi/areapass/), enabling visitors easier and convenient access to Takamatsu and Uno, among other locations.
For more details, including access and event information, visit https://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/ .
“Red Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama on Naoshima