Yayoi Kusa’s Pumpkin on Naoshima, Japan
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Japan in Haiku 18: Naoshima Pumpkin

Naoshima Pumpkin

Pier end pumpkin.
Nature, art and midnight gold.
But no coach ride home.

Naoshima is Japan’s famous art island. A place where contemporary art, nature and island life are one and the same. The best way to get around is on hired bike, and as you pedal along the craggy coast you are rewarded for your efforts by outdoor sculpture, an underground gallery with several of Monet’s Waterlilies, houses that have been turned into art installations, a tiny 007 museum and much more.

On the south side of the island is its most iconic sculpture; a gold pumpkin by Yayoi Kusa. Nature and art. Not fairy tale. This won’t turn into a carriage with mice, no matter how long we wait. But it’s a happy ending to the day, before we catch the last ferry back to the mainland.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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