If there is one thing I have learned about Japan down the years, it is that you should never underestimate the potential of this place to amaze and enthral you. So too was this the case when I recently visited Tokushima Prefecture for the first time.
Interested in art? Nature? or Both? There is a perfect trip for you: Setouchi Triennale. An outdoor contemporary art exhibition, Setouchi Triennale, which was launched in 2010, is held for its third time, this year, on the islands of Setouchi in south-western part of Japan. More information just a click away!
Recently presented with the opportunity to extend my stay in western Japan after a short business trip to Osaka, I chose to venture to Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s 4 main islands and, until fairly recently, certainly the most remote. At the suggestion of a close friend, I was persuaded to visit Kochi, which is the principal city in the prefecture of the same name.
Imabari is proud of one product: the towel. At the Imabari Towel Museum, you can see how a towel is made, have your own bespoke towel made with your name embroidered on it, and see thousands of different kinds of towels on display. This device for washing and drying your body is taken very seriously here and will have you leaving with the impression that the towel is the tool of 1000 uses.
What is sightseeing in Japan without a visit to its numerous castles? Once again I embark on a journey to Marugame city of Kagawa prefecture, for a chance to see another one of the twelve original castles of Japan that still has a wooden tenshu (keep)!
A visit to Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island, is not complete without hopping on the Anpanman train that fulfils all childhood’s fantasies. Anpanman, the iconic superhero whose head is made of bean-filled bread, can be spotted everywhere in Japan from baby’s products to children’s toys to food items and even transportation.