Must See | Tokyo | Meiji Shrine

Timing is everything, or at least a lot. When we made plans to visit the Meiji Shrine, we had no idea that the day would be spectacular and that many families would be celebrating Shichi Go San (7-5-3), a celebratory right of passage that dates back to the Heian period.  On this occasion, boys who are aged three or five and girls who are aged three or seven are  dressed … Continue reading Must See | Tokyo | Meiji Shrine

Naoshima, Japan

Naoshima Part III | Wrap Up

Perhaps what makes the Naoshima experience so memorable is the combination of sublime contemporary art and architecture with the traditional fishing villages and shrines. We were struck by the sensitivity to and respect for the environment that pervades these islands and is manifested throughout. Hiroshi Sugimoto restored an Edo Period shrine and added a new superstructure in his 2002 work “Appropriate Proportion.” The optical glass staircase he designed links the … Continue reading Naoshima Part III | Wrap Up

Now for Naoshima | Chichu Art Museum

Up the road from the Benesse House complex, visitors approach the Chichu Art Museum via a Giverny-inspired garden. This homage to Monet is the perfect introduction to a museum centered on five of the artist’s spectacular Water Lily paintings. Those works are housed in an exquisite gallery of white marble with soft filtered natural light. Photos are forbidden, although you can see some on the museum’s … Continue reading Now for Naoshima | Chichu Art Museum

George Rickey Three Squares Vertical Diagonal 1972-82

Now for Naoshima | Art in Japan’s Inland Sea Part I

There are must see places and there are must see again places. Naoshima is both.  Once is good, twice is better. This is only appropriate, since Naoshima encompasses several museums, public art installations and spreads over several islands located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Getting there is a process and actually enhances the experience: bullet train to bus to ferry to bicycle or … Continue reading Now for Naoshima | Art in Japan’s Inland Sea Part I

Sashimi, Sushi, Toro, Japan

Foodie Friday | Japan

Wading through two weeks’ worth of mouthwatering images from sublime meals in Japan, I decided to let the pictures do the talking for this post! More to come next week, with a feature on Naoshima. In the meantime, I may rent Jiro Dreams of Sushi and order takeout from my local Japanese restaurant to sate the cravings this post created. For more on Japan, see Tokyo … Continue reading Foodie Friday | Japan

Catch it if You Can |Tsukiji Market |Tokyo

This week is Japan week on travelmagnolia. Starting off with Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market – a MUST SEE and you only have a little more than a year before this iconic institution leaves central Tokyo and everything changes.  A visit here is not for the faint-hearted and requires advance planning. While it is possible to tour the stalls and small restaurants in the surrounding areas on one’s own, for … Continue reading Catch it if You Can |Tsukiji Market |Tokyo

To Travel is to Live

Those of you paying very close attention might have noticed my new tagline: to travel is to live – a quote from Hans Christian Andersen that I first saw at Torvehallerne an outstanding food hall in Copenhagen (click here to see photo and read more about it). I wholeheartedly concur with Mr. Andersen’s sentiment – and I couldn’t have said it better.  I love almost everything about travel … Continue reading To Travel is to Live