Immerse yourself in the nature and culture of Japan through the lens of contemporary art, architecture, gardens, and cuisine. Our journey will begin in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo; continue by bullet train to the remote Inland Sea to Naoshima (and nearby islands,) with its contemporary art hotel, unique museums and site-specific art; and end with several days in Kyoto, the serene ancient capital.
The Japanese cherish nature, and early April is the usual cherry blossom time, which many say is a quintessential Japan seasonal celebration; we'll also visit moss- and rock- and strolling gardens, view ancient, modern, and contemporary renderings of the landscape, and learn about how Japanese cuisine connects so strongly to the earth and sea. Culinary experiences can include market visits, food shopping in traditional shops, and department stores, elegant seasonal kai-seki banquet, a real ramen counter, a vegetarian shōjin ryōri Buddhist lunch at a temple, and more.
Having lived in Japan during the 1990s and since then having organized exhibitions and written extensively about Japanese art, your guides, Dana and Mark, built this tour on insights, experiences, and connections which will make this 12-day Art Adventure truly unique. Our focus will include artists and architects such as Isamu Noguchi, Yayoi Kusama, Tado Ando, Fumihiko Maki, Lee UFan, James Turrell, Tadanori Yokoo, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yasumasa Morimura, Shiro Ohtake, Cai Guo-Qiang, Yukinori Yanagi, Rei Naito, Takashi Murakami, SANAA, and others.