The Oninoko Tile Project requires a 500 yen admission fee (300 yen with your Setouchi Triennale Passport) but it is worth a visit if you have time. The project involves thousands of tiles that are similar to those that are found at the top of gables of old Japanese houses and temples. They vary in size from large to small and I found this to be really interesting.
As you travel throughout the Ogre caves, you will run into different sets of these tiles and each of them is different. Some of the larger ones are really similar to the ones you will see around Japan but the smaller ones can range from really cute to really strange. While the entire cave isn’t full of these tiles, some of the rooms are filled to the brim with tiles making it a very interesting sight.
The tiles have been created by over 3000 junior high students in Kagawa making it a very big project. I was surprised to hear this but when you see all of the tiles it will make sense. Some of them are very simple and cute while others are extremely detailed. I’m sure the main artists were in charge of the larger and more detailed tiles. I thought the Oninoko Tile Project was really interesting and enjoyed taking my time to try to see the differences between each one and you should too.
- Oninoko Tile Project (Official Setouchi Triennale Site)
- Megijima’s Oni Cave During the Setouchi Triennale 2016 (Setouchi Explorer)