First Look at the Ultra Modern (as in “Modern Art”) Benesse House Museum Hotel
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Heading To Naoshima between 直島 and 宇野市  --  Tamano, Okayama, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading To Naoshima
between 直島 and 宇野市

We're on a three-day weekend trip to Naoshima (直島), an island just off the coast of Okayama, about four hours' drive south-west from Kyoto.

Long Trip start to finish the ferry ride was 15 minutes  --  Tamano, Okayama, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Long Trip
start to finish the ferry ride was 15 minutes
Wake  --  Tamano, Okayama, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Wake
Settling In at Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Settling In
at Benesse House

We're staying at Benesse House, a modern-art museum and hotel.

The Room  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Room
The View  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The View
The Sunset  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Sunset
desktop background image of a dusky sunset over Japan  --  The Bridge The Great Seto Bridge, 17km Distant  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Bridge
The Great Seto Bridge, 17km Distant
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That bridge is the subject of this post from a year and a half ago.

The hotel doubles as a modern-art museum. Modern art is not my cup of tea at all, but this place feels more like I'm in a video game (Doom, circa 20 years ago), so it's actually fun.

Stark Very, very , very stark hallway  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/1.4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Stark
Very, very , very stark hallway
Positively Gaudy by relative comparison  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Positively Gaudy
by relative comparison
desktop background image of the approach to the Hotel Lounge, at Benesse House, Naoshima Island, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.  --  Approach to the Hotel Lounge the left two orange panels are the door  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Approach to the Hotel Lounge
the left two orange panels are the door
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Looking for the Lounge  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking for the Lounge
The Lounge Hours later, I'm sitting here trying to get this post done before it closes at 11pm and I lose connectivity  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Lounge
Hours later, I'm sitting here trying to get this post done before it closes at 11pm and I lose connectivity
desktop background image of an art installation at Benesse House, Naoshima Island, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan  --  Art  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/20 sec, f/2.5, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
Art
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Outside the Lounge  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Outside the Lounge
Hide and Seek at the Big Squash  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hide and Seek
at the Big Squash

Apparently, the Big Squash is a famous landmark. You can see it jutting from the shore in “The View” above.

Big Squash at 10k ISO  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/13 sec, f/1.8, ISO 10000 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Squash
at 10k ISO
Dinner  --  Benesse House  --  Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/1.6, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Dinner

Most of these shots at the hotel were while making our first stroll in the dark... I'm sure it'll look different (and I'll have higher-quality photo) tomorrow in the daylight.

Continued here...


All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

‘Art’ is nice 😉

— comment by Nicolas on October 26th, 2012 at 11:40pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Nice, interesting venue. I’m impressed with the hotel’s “style”.
Very remarkable picture you called “Art”! Great composition. Definitely something you might want to consider printing out in large.

Enjoy your stay.

— comment by Andy on October 27th, 2012 at 2:24am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Oh, you went to Naoshima?
I just went there a few weeks ago, too!
Great shots! Thanks for sharing 🙂

— comment by zoomingjapan on October 27th, 2012 at 11:54am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Very nice ! Will make a note of that for a stay the next time I/we are in Japan.

— comment by Bob Barlow on October 27th, 2012 at 10:19pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’m rather impressed with the one called “art” too.
Can’t wait for daylight and more Art!
And I am jealous that you are staying in such a totally-very cool venue. So am hoping you will post a lot of pictures so I can imagine staying there myself.
#
Annie 🙂

— comment by Annie in London on October 28th, 2012 at 7:15am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Just a quick question – does this hotel have disabled facilities in any of its rooms…? I’ve looked on the website and they are happy to lend you a wheelchair but there is nothing else about disabled guest facilities. Did you see any wheelchair bound folks during your stay?
Annie

I asked as I checked out… yes, they have full support. —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie in London on October 28th, 2012 at 7:27am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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