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The Art of Bonsai of Humans and Nature
Bonsai, which are essentially natural landscapes in pots, have have become increasingly popular overseas as a form of art that weaves together humans and nature, thereby becoming a means of communication around the world. Pine bonsai of Kagawa, which holds the top market share in Japan, has a reputation of having "little root rot and no wear or tear" with, of course, a beautiful appearance.
There are many beautiful bonsai nurseries in the towns of Kinashi and Kokubunji in the western part of Takamatsu City where small pine trees can be seen planted in fields in various locations. This landscape of bonsai seedlings that are being grown in fields is a unique sight that can only been found in Kagawa Prefecture.
In 2015, bonsai were exhibited at an international expo held in Milan, Italy, the epicenter of the global craze for bonsai. This became the centerpiece of the Kagawa exhibit alongside udon noodles.
Modern Art in Kagawa
Kagawa is home to numerous works of modern art that co-exist with nature against the backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea, which has been referred to as the "Jewel of the World."

With the Seto Inland Sea and the Sanuki Plains, Kagawa Prefecture overflows with aesthetic emotion. The region is dotted with museums that have caught the world's attention, including the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima. The prefecture also has a number of interesting architectural works and outdoor sculptures where visitors can enjoy their fill of modern art integrated with nature.

Benesse Art Site Naoshima
● Naoshima
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea has attracted attention as a leading island for nature, art, architecture, and the environment. Works of art by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in the Chichu Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando and constructed in 2004.
Chichu Art Museum
Photo: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
● Teshima
Teshima Art Museum
The Teshima Art Museum is located in a corner of terraced rice fields that originally were fallow fields. The museum is created by artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. The building, which is shaped like a water drop, consists of a concrete shell that lacks pillars and covers a space of about 40 x 60 meters with a maximum height of 4.5 meters. Openings in the ceiling allow wind, sound, and light to pass through this organic space where nature and architecture act in concert with one another.
Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Kenichi Suzuki
Takamatsu City
● Mure Town
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
Isamu Noguchi, a leading sculptor of the 20th century, set up his residence and studio in Mure Town, Takamatsu City where he endeavored in creative activities for about 20 years. The entire garden museum is one large "earth sculpture" that has over 150 sculptures, exhibits, and a residence, as well as a sculpture garden which was produced in his later years.

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