Although my residency doesn’t officially start until Monday I was kindly allowed to arrive a day or two early, so I could get unpacked and set up my little studio etc… So I lugged my 77kg of baggage on the train to Kobe, and then caught the Jumbo ferry which makes for a lovely leisurely 3 hour trip, but it also gave us a chance to see Kobe port from the water!
Along the way we passed under the massive bridge that connects the mainland with Awaji-shima, and I knew there was a building to keep an eye out for that was in close proximity to the bridge but I wasn’t quite sure where exactly.
I love the 4×4 house designed by Tadao Ando and the day I win the lottery I will commission a copy of it!
As we crossed under the bridge we were really too far away to identify the house with the naked eye so I started taking photos, and then zooming the image on the display on my camera. And sure enough there it was (the house beside it is apparently an unofficial clone!)
Also on the ferry was this great sculpture, which is part of the Setouichi Arts Festival, a festival that is spread across many of the islands of the Inland Sea.
This work is by Kenji Yanobe
And then finally, land ahoy!! The silhouette of Shodoshima appeared
The island has a population of 30,000 people – the images below are from a very handy iOS app called LightTrac, which displays the time and direction of sunrise (yellow line) and sunset (blue line)
The house I am staying in for the next six weeks is on an Olive Farm, and the view from the lounge/my studio is simply stunning!
Watching the way the light shifts across the Seto Inland Sea is mesmerising!
If you are interested to learn a bit more about the island of Shodoshima, here is a great little documentary I found online, explaining some of the history and local industries.