Research Report - Best Graduates Award 2018 of the Polytechnic University of Milan

ADF (NPO Aoyama Design Forum) sponsored the Premio 2018 (Best Graduate Awards) of the Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) as one of the supporters. ADF invited the Premio 2018 prize winners, Sofia Paoli and Simone Marchetti as the representative of their team, to Japan in 2019 for research studies and cultural exchanges. This is the second report.

NAOSHIMA - day 7


We leave very early from Kyoto to reach Naoshima, we have to take a train, then a bus and finally a ferry. We reach our hostel at lunchtime, rent bicycles and after a quick lunch we visit the Benesse House Museum, the Lee Ufan Museum and the incredible Chichu Art Museum: we are bewitched by Walter de Maria’s room and the water lilies of Monet. This place is magical.



We wake up very early and take a boat to Inujima, where we immediately visit the Inuji- ma Seirensho Art Museum, a very interesting project of industrial restoration. Then, walking through the island, we see the Inujima Art House Project and the Inujima Life Garden. In the afternoon we take the ferry boat again and go to Teshima, to visit the Teshima Art Museum, which is a real sensory and mystical experience. We return to Inujima with the last ship.

NAOSHIMA and NARA - day 9


We dedicate the morning to the visit of the installations in the houses of Honmura and we conclude with the visit of the Tadao Ando Museum. We take the ferry that brings us back to the mainland and we head towards Nara, the journey is very long.

NARA- day 10

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Nara park and the deers during the Golden Week… super crowded but we had a lot of fun!

In the afternoon we visited the old part of the town with its tiny streets, very typical atmosphere. The most beautiful part of the day was the dinner: we entered a super typi- cal Izakaya, no touristic at all, the owner and her husband welcomed us very warmly, cooking super tasty food for us and making us feel at home.

TOKYO - day 11

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We’re back in Tokyo! We had booked in advance the tickets for the Teamlab Planet exhibition, and it’s really worth it! It’s a super multisensorial experience, a sort of crazy playground for adults. Later on, we visited the Hamarikiyu Gardens, a peaceful place in the middle of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Then we had a walk in Akihabara, in Ginza, and we ended up having dinner in a very nice place who’s only dish where chicken skewers of all kinds!

TOKYO - day 12


The Skyview in Roppongi is our first visit of the day: Tokyo from above is impressive. Then we moved to the 21_21 Gallery designed by Ando, but we were much less im- pressed by this architecture, having visited his works in Naoshima. In the afternoon we have walked in Daykaniama, we spent a lot of time inside the TSite bookshop e and then we walked to Ebisu, where we had dinner in a covered market.

TOKYO - day 13

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Our incredible experience has come to an end, and we have to go back to Italy. We will be back in Japan to explore it better for sure, hopefully very soon!

Sofia Paoli and Simone Marchetti

Left to Right: Sofia Paoli and Simone Marchetti