TIMA - the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture is one of three extraordinary art galleries located close together on Omishima Island. Built on a headland overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, the geometric shapes of this installation present a stark contrast to the natural scenery around them. The buildings are filled with architectural exhibits including books, blueprints and fascinating 3D models of structures that have actually been built around Japan.
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I was born in Bristol, England, and I came to Japan in 1991 … which means I've lived half my life in this island nation on the other side of the world. The theme of my career in Japan has been communication. I started as an English teacher, and moved into translation as I learned Japanese. I worked at a well-known electronics manufacturer, facilitating their multinational communications before I became a freelance translator. As such, I translated a lot of tourism-related information. It was obvious to me that most of this isn't sufficient to convey the excitement and wonder of Japan. In 2011, I established Knowledge Travel Partners, an inbound tourism consultancy. After living in several regions of Japan, I settled in Ehime where my wife is from. It's on the southern island of Shikoku facing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, Japan's Mediterranean. The pace of life here is slow and peaceful, but we do like to throw a raucous festival now and again.