Ohajiki and Chanpon

2 Famous things at the Hojyoya festival are Chanpon and Ohajiki.

Chanpon are glass whistles. 

Shrine maidens draw pictures on them.

Ohajiki are tiddlywinks.

Every year Hakata doll makers make them following different themes. 

This years theme is about Japanese food.

The one on this photo is about folk tales. 

They make 1200 sets every year, and they sell out soon because they are lucky charms. 

They are beautiful.

I love Yu 

One of the art buildings on Naoshima Island is a public bathhouse called, “I love Yu (hot water)” .

It’s appearance, which was designed by artist Nobuo Otake, is sure to grab your attention.

You can have a bath there.

Inside it has a lot of amusing arts.

It is an interesting bath that is both colorful and fancy.


There is a place called Naoshima island which is also called ‘art island’ on the Inland Sea.

It takes 20 minutes from Okayama and 50 minutes from Takamatsu by ferry boat.

The Chichu Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando, the famous Yellow Pumpkin object by Yayoi Kusama and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima are all there.

People can enjoy art with the nature of the island at a place far away from the ordinary. 

 The whole place is a work of art!