Teshima Island is located in the Seto Island Inlet and was one of twelve islands participating in the Sentouchi Triennale. Teshima Art museum, designed by Ryue Nishzawa, is not quite a traditional museum, but more like a large architectural installation.
It was raining the day I visited and I was sufficiently frazzled by the bustling ticket office. It was packed out and there was a highly organised system which I struggled to decode. Once given the green light, the experience began via a short walk around the site. The misty sea views and greenery were a welcome palate cleanser, easing the tension of the ticket office in preparation for what was to come. Slowly, the concrete rose from the landscape.
Sitting there, watching the droplets, listening to the birds and watching the sky deliver a fine stream of rain into the shallow puddle, was the most meditative and exquisitely beautiful celebration of nature I had ever encountered. I think that experience has left a permanent imprint on my memory, never to be forgotten and I suspect, never to be repeated.