2020 Pre-Covid Trip in Kyushu, Japan

Duration:
02/05/2020 - 02/15/2020

Destinations:
Fukuoka (福岡) - Hita (日田) - Beppu (別府) - Kitsuki (杵築) - Bungotakada (豊後高田) - Usa (宇佐) - Yufuin (由布院) - Kurokawa (黒川温泉) - Aso (阿蘇) - Takachiho (高千穂) - Hyuga (日向) - Miyazaki (宮崎) - Nichinan (日南) - Kirishima (霧島) - Kagoshima (鹿児島) - Ibusuki (指宿) - Kumamoto (熊本)


Planning

For this trip, I booked two return award tickets from Boston to Fukuoka for my wife and myself - one booked with Marriot Bonvoy points (transfered to Japanese Airlines mileage with some bonus), the other with Alaska Mileage directly. I’m not going into the details here but booking with JAL miles directly has a few advantages, the top two being:

  • You can book multi stop tickets (e.g. JFK - NRT - FUK) with the same amount of miles as just flying to Tokyo
  • You will have more available dates & seats for award tickets than booking with partner airlines
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The Noguchi museum in Queens, NY

When I went to Sapporo in 2015 for the first time, I visited Moerenuma Park and fell in love with it immediately. Since then, the park’s architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), has become one of my favorite.

I began to search Noguchi’s other works and was happy to find that he had a dedicated museum (or the Isamu Noguchi foundation, some call it) in Queens, New York. So we decided to pay it a visit on a warm July day, and below are some photos of Noguchi’s sculpture works I took. You can find the entire list of collections here.

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Dia:Beacon in Beacon, NY

Dia:Beacon is an interesting modern and contemporary art museum located in Beacon, New York. We visited the musuem in July 2019, a pleasant detour of our independence-day road trip from Boston to Pennsylvania.

The exhibition space is inside an old multi-level factory. I didn’t find the sculptures and art work particularly intriguing per se, but I did feel a sense of uniqueness, probably because they’re adequately set up and placed with the perfect amount of light shedded into the room. Below are some photos I took.

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Not sure if it’s structurally necessary to have these many pillars in the underground level , but it’s a smart use of repetition and very visually appealing. I happened to capture a lady walking in between the pillars.

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