Pop Art: Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin in Naoshima

A yellow pumpkin dotted in black, the icon of Naoshima island

Naoshima, Yayoi Kusama


If asked about Pop Art, who’s the first artist that comes up to mind? I bet it’s Andy Warhol, probably followed by Roy Lichstenstein. But would you associate Pop Art with Japan?

Truth is that Yayoi Kusama, one of the most acclaimed Japanese artists, is a precursor of Pop Art and she influenced Andy Warhol as well as Claes Oldenburg. Her yellow pumpkin, dotted in black, has become somehow the icon of Naoshima, the Japanese island transformed in a cradle of modern and contemporary art.

Arriving at Miyanoura Port by ferry, you’ll see Kusama’s red dotted pumpkin just a few steps from the terminal. However, the yellow and most famous pumpkin is showcased on the pier facing the Benesse Hotel, the most famous (and expensive) accommodation on Naoshima island. Overlooking the sea, with the surrounding islands as a backdrop, it’s no wonder that Yayoi Kusama’s yellow pumpkin has become in a way the island symbol.



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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Content Creation. Besides travel writing Simon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

9 thoughts on “Pop Art: Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin in Naoshima”

    • I went around by bus without problems. Anyway, the island is not too big, and Japanese people always ready to help if you get lost 🙂

  1. Love this vibrant yellow pumpkin capture… I love modern art and pop art. Excited that Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkins are visiting Dallas this fall!


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