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Ibukijima is a small island at the west ends of Kagawa.

Specialty product of this island is a food made from dried and roasted fish, called ‘iriko‘.
(This island is a famous production center of the anchovies.)

Kagawa prefecture is famous for its udon.
And the soup stock of these udon is made of irikos.

In addition, many cats are living in the islands of Seto Inland Sea.
(“Sanagishima Island” and “Aoshima Island” are famous as an island of the cats in the Seto Inland Sea.)

So, I was able to see many cats in this island.

Contents:

  1. About Ibukijima
  2. Art works of Ibukijima
  3. Scenery of Ibukijima
  4. Cats
  5. Hotels
  6. Weather forecast
  7. How to get to Ibukijima

1.About Ibukijima

Guideline of sojourn time : about 2.5 hours 

If you have 2.5 hours, you can almost watch all art works.

There is no rental bicycles in Ibukijima.
(Community bus runs in this island, but there is very little number of the bus. The fare of the bus is 100 yen.)

Ibukijima island is a small island(About five kilometers per lap) in the Seto Inland Sea.
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Specialty product of this island is a food made from dried and roasted fish, called ‘iriko‘.
There are many shop which sells iriko in this island.
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One bag of iriko is 400 ~ 500 yen.
The soup stock which is made with iriko is very delicious!!
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A steep grade spreads out from the port to the village.
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2.Art works of Ibukijima

There is a lot of art works which I do not introduce here. Please try to go this island, and watch all art work!
*Because there is an art work that photography is not possible, please be careful.

All artwork is very splendid.
The particularly recommended artwork is “No.168”, and “No.170” personally.

●[No.164:トイレの家(石井大五:日本)]
[No.164:House of Toilet(Daigo Ishii:Japan)]

A strange building is built in the school grounds of the closed elementary school.
The identity of this building is…
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toilet!!
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Actually, the slit of this building and the line of the roof have an important meaning.
Each slit and line shows a direction of the sun and the direction of the city of the world.
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●[No.165:沈まぬ船(豊福亮+Chiba Art School:日本)]
[No.165:Unsinkable Ship(Ryo Toyofuku+Chiba Art School:Japan)]

As for this work, the closed elementary school building is the stage.
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This work likens the school building to a ship.
And approximately 60,000 floats which was made by islanders are displayed in the school building.
This work is “Unsinkable Ship” definitely.
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●[No.166:伊吹島ドリフト伝説(コンタクト・ゴンゾ:日本)]
[No.166:Legend of Ibuki Island Drift(contact Gonzo:Japan)]

There is the famous motorcycle legend which is called “Legend of Ibuki Island Drift” in this island…
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The inhabitants of this island run the winding road on a motorcycle at full speed…
We can watch such a legendary video work…
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After we watch this video work…,
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We can perform a virtual experience of this legend.
This game was really difficult…!!
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●[No.167:イリコ庵(みかんぐみ+明治大学学生:日本/フランス)]
[No.167:Iriko Retreat(Mikan+Meiji University Students:Japan/France)]

This building is made of material which is related with “iriko” which is the specialty product of the island.
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The sunshade of this building is made of dried nets which are used to make iriko.
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●[No.168:限界 / 伊吹の静けさ打つ水の音(ウィルフレド・プリエト:キューバ)]*おススメです!!
[No.168:Limit / In the silence of Ibuki, some drops of water stroke me the hour(Wilfredo Prieto:Republic of Cuba)]*My favorite!!

This work has two factors.

The first is a work called “Limit”.
As for this work, the old private house of this island is the stage.
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The big flowerpot is put in the old private house.
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These plants are growing so as to reach the ceiling of this house.
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Actually, in the islands of Seto, the depopulation is advancing.
Therefore many unoccupied houses are covered with a plant.
This work expresses such situation.
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The second is a work called “In the silence of Ibuki, some drops of water stroke me the hour”.
This work is displayed in various places of this island.

The flower which is growing from a tile.
I can feel the strength of nature from this work.
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●[No.169:ト・ラ・ン・ス・フォー・マー -島に成るー(小林耕平:日本)]
[No.169:T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M-E-R(Kohei Kobayashi:Japan)]

As for this work, Folklore Museum of this island is the stage.
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The many fishing implements which supported the history of the island are displayed here.
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We can watch a video work which is called “Becomes the island” here.
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In addition, a document and a 3D art work for understanding this island are displayed in various places of the island.
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●[No.170:Here, There, Everywhere: Project Another Country -Dap-Pay-(アルフレド&イザベル・アキリザン:フィリピン)]*おススメです!!
[No.170:Here, There, Everywhere: Project Another Country -Dap-Pay-(Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan:Republic of the Philippines)]*My favorite!!

There is this work in the northern part of the island.
It is a big parabolic antenna.
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When I approached…
The wing of the parabolic antenna is made of dried nets which are used to make iriko.
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3.Scenery of Ibukijima

This is scenery of the villages to look at from a Shinto shrine in the center of this island.
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The seascape in Seto looking from the hill is very beautiful.
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In this island, the depopulation is advancing…
In comparison with 20 years ago, population of the islands is reducing to half.
That’s why such an art festival is held. (The tourists increase thanks to an art festival.)
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A handmade doll is displayed in the private house of the island and welcomes a tourist.
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In addition, we can watch the “Asagimadara (Parantica sita)” which is famous as “migratory butterfly” in the elementary school of this island.
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The plant which is called Fujibakama(thoroughwort) that Asagimadara absorbs flower nectar is planted in the flower bed of school grounds.
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I found it!!
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4.Cats

Many cats are living in the islands of Seto Inland Sea.
(“Sanagishima Island” and “Aoshima Island” are famous as an island of the cats in the Seto Inland Sea.)

I could contact with many cats in this island, too.

There were two mascot cats at the port.
These two cats always welcome tourists here.
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Many cats live in the school grounds of old Ibuki Elementary School.
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A cat approach me!
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He is a very unique pattern cat.
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Is the tank warm?
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The kittens are very friendly, too. (○´艸`)
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Give me the cat food. mew!!
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Cat rider is here.
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The top of the roof is calm very much. mew!!
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The cat which relaxes in the middle of the art work. (○´艸`)
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5.Hotels

There are two Hotels in Ibukijima.

●民宿いぶき(Guest-House IBUKI)

Address:1233-1, Ibukicho, Kanonji-shi, Kagawa, 768-0071, Japan
Phone Number:+81-875-29-2162
Regular Holiday:No
Fee:8,500 yen~

●春日旅館(Kasuga Ryokan)

Address:5-2, Ibukicho, Kanonji-shi, Kagawa, 768-0071, Japan
Phone Number:+81-875-29-2416
Regular Holiday:No
Fee:8,000 yen~

6.Weather forecast

7.How to get to Ibukijima

We will be able to go to Ibukijima Island by ferry from Kan-onji Port.
The nearest station of Kan-onji Port is JR Kan-onji Station.
And, we will access from JR Kan-onji Station to Kan-onji Port by community bus or free shuttle bus.
(The free shuttle bus runs only during an art festival period.)

he method to go from Kansai to JR Kan-onji Station has two patterns.

1:In the case of getting on the Shinkansen

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to JR Takuma Station)

The required time:About 3 hours
The fare:7,850 yen(unreserved seat)
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2.In the case of taking express bus

An express bus runs from Kansai(Osaka/Namba/Sannomiya) to JR Kan-onji Station.

There is the platform of this express bus in “Hankyu highway bus Osaka-Umeda terminal(Hankyu Sanban Gai)” and “OCAT Osaka City Air Terminal”.
For specific information, see below.


■Reservation site of the bus

 

■JR Kan-onji Station→Kan-onji Port→Ibukijima

We will access from JR Kan-onji Station to Kan-onji Port by community bus or free shuttle bus.
(The free shuttle bus runs only during an art festival period.)

Get on : JR Kan-onji station bus stop
Get off : Kan-onji Port bus stop
Bus fare : 100 yen

We will be able to go to Ibukijima Island by ferry from Kan-onji Port.

■Timetable

From:Kan-onji station(観音寺駅)
To:Kan-onji port(観音寺港)

After you go out the station, go to left.
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The free shuttle bus is a big sightseeing bus.
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Let’s purchase the ferry ticket at a ticket office after we arrive at the Kanonji Port.
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The fare of the ferry is one way 510 yen.
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This is a ferry bound for Ibukijima.
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