Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum is located in Sakaide city, Kagawa prefecture. A pathway stretches in a straight line from the front of the museum. Actually there is one secret hidden in the composition of this photograph… but let’s save that for later!
Before you enter the museum, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful outer wall. According to the museum’s superintendent, this natural stone from the United States is called “Vermont green”. Even with just the wall, this makes a picture.
Now let’s enter the exhibition room on the first floor. The exhibition at the time of making of this report displayed works depicting landscapes of Kyoto and Nara.
“Akisai” (‘Autumn colors’), lithograph
The contrast between the red, yellow and blue is so beautiful that I was spontaneously impressed: “Was Japan this vivid”. In addition there are landscapes depicting the changing of the four seasons that have a unique touch.
By the way, Kaii Higashiyama was born in Yokohama and grew in Kobe. So why was the art museum built in Kagawa prefecture? Actually, Kaii’s grandfather was from Hitsuishi-jima Island, which is located in the Seto Inland Sea. After Kaii’s death, his family felt a connection with his Seto Inland Sea roots, and apparently with their donation of artworks, Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum was built nearby the Great Seto Bridge at a location with a view of Hitsuishi-jima.
After the first floor, let’s enjoy the exhibition on the second floor as well. Now then, a wonderful place is waiting for us after this.
With a magnificent view of the Great Seto Bridge, “Na-gi-sa” is the art museum’s prided cafe. Actually, the one who suggested the “light gray” color for the Great Seto Bridge is said to have been Kaii Higashiyama! At the very far end of the bridge you can see Hitsuishi-jima Island.
“Meika Amamo”, the museum’s original version of ‘manju’ (moist cake), includes a green laver and ‘shio an’ (salty anko) to remind you of the Seto Inland Sea.
After satisfying both your mind and your stomach, you can head to the museum shop. We found some lovely ball pens with illustrations of Kaii’s works enclosed within.
So then, back to the first photograph. The secret is disclosed at the museum shop. It’s Kaii Higashiyama’s masterpiece “Michi” (‘Road’). The motif for the road stretching from the front of the museum is from this piece. If you visit Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum, it may be fun to take photographs like this while sharing some trivia.
Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum
Address: 224-13 Shamijima, Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture
Open: 9.00 – 17.00 (Entrance until 16.30)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a public holiday, the museum will be open on the Monday and closed the following day), New Year’s holiday (27th December to 1st January), during exhibition preparation periods
*During Golden Week (From April 29 to May 5 – on years of compensatory holidays, until 6th May, and during school summer holidays from July 21 to August 31, the museum is open daily)
Homepage: http://www.pref.kagawa.lg.jp/higashiyama/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Yoshikawa
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Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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