|Yayoi Kusama's Yellow Pumpkin is iconic on the island.|
|Just in case the pop art experience didn't wow you before, here's my jumping bean version.|
|The "Art House Project" is a collection of six formerly vacant houses that were built more than 400 years ago and have now been renovated into works of art. The house at the top left was a former home and office for a dentist. It is now home to walls painted all shades of blue and a life-size white plastic Statue of Liberty. |
As you walk through the Honmura district neighborhood, you walk past little shops and businesses, along with little pieces of artwork fit into the surroundings - an insect made out of a can, a girl woven out of yarn and nails on a wall and this little cat under a light on a fencepost sign.
|As we walked through the narrow streets, you couldn't help but notice how amazing some people's yards were. Jealous!|
|Since we've been walking a ton and carrying our Tortuga backpacks around, we treated ourselves to some massages at the Benesse House Spa. I had a traditional shiatsu massage and Brian had a deep tissue massage. Afterwards, we agreed that they were the best massages we'd ever had - which is saying a lot, at least for me (hi, Leslie!).|
|We had our last meal in Naoshima at the French restaurant at our hotel. It was SO good - we think the head chef was formerly at a Michelin-starred restaurant. From the mini cheese puffs to the butternut squash soup with truffled cream to the fresh focaccia bread with olive oil to the homemade vanilla thyme ice cream - it was all worth writing home about, hence the mention here.|