Benesse Art Site Naoshima


The October 2015 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

NAOSHIMA NOTE is a quarterly magazine published by Benesse Art Site Naoshima, introducing our activities on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima. With broad coverage of artistic and architectural initiatives, this publication also documents transformations taking place in the local context of the islands and aims to engage readers to feel, to think, and to act. The contents of the latest issue are introduced below.


The latest (October 2015) issue contains a special feature on "Benesse Art Site Naoshima at Night," which offers information on ways to experience Benesse Art Site Naoshima after sunset and on into the night. After the autumnal equinox, the sun goes down earlier and earlier during October and November. From October onward, most of the art facilities on the islands that visitors view under natural light close 30 minutes to an hour earlier than during the warmer months. However, while the nights get longer and time spent viewing art by the sun's light shrinks, there are other ways to enjoy your time here after sunset. This issue is your nocturnal guide to Naoshima and other islands, focusing on five topics: 1. Walk. 2. See. 3. Talk. 4. Sleep. 5. Explore other islands. It contains suggestions for a range of activities - a walk along a promenade by radiant moonlight, the night view of the Takamatsu skyline you can see across the water, night-time programs at art facilities, bars and lounges, and accommodations for sleep - that may be too much to cover in just one night, so we hope to see you again and again.

In "THE ISLANDERS," a recurring feature on year-round residents of the islands, we present an interview with Shoji Yamamoto, owner of Yamamoto Orchard on Teshima Island. Mr. Yamamoto says he has "stuck with growing good oranges and lived with mandarins," but in addition to his long career raising Teshima mandarins he has also served as chairman of the Tonosho town council, and put enormous effort into maintenance of scenic rice terraces in the Karato district and the opening of the Teshima Art Museum. In the interview, Mr. Yamamoto shares his experiences thus far and his thoughts on the future of Teshima.

The Fukutake Foundation, which plays a major role in operating Benesse Art Site Naoshima, also provides financial support for regional revitalization in communities throughout Japan. In the section of the magazine entitled "OPINION: Thoughts on the Local Community," we leave the Setouchi region for a bit and turn our attention to various other areas of Japan, sharing columns guest-written by recipients of Fukutake Foundation grants. This issue's contributor is Midori Kubota, chairperson of the non-profit organization "Creative Support" Let's based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.

You can access the digital version of NAOSHIMA NOTE here.


Fukutake House

Oct 07, 2019

Fukutake House "Meeting Asia / Meeting Artists: Heri Dono"

On April 26th, 2019, the first day of the Setouchi Triennale 2019, a talk event with Heri Dono, an internationally renowned Indonesian artist was held with some of his works on display in the exhibition space. Fifteen university students who participated in the event listened to what the artist had to say with rapt attention.Read article


Sep 28, 2019

Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum Opens in Miyanoura Gallery 6 for the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session

On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at the beginning of the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session, the Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum opened in Miyanoura Gallery 6 to investigate and exhibit regarding Yoichi Midorikawa, a photographer who photographed the Setouchi area from the 1930's through to the first part of the 2000's.Read article

We spoke to two ladies from

Sep 02, 2019

We spoke to two ladies from "Kamedaya", who sell fruit from Teshima at a Needle Factory square

During the periods that the Setouchi Triennale is running (Spring: Apr. 26th to May 26th, 2019. Summer: Jul. 19th to Aug. 25th. Fall: Sep. 28th to Nov. 4th), Ms. Iwanaga and Ms. Yamugi, from a community of ladies on the island known as "Kamedaya," sell Teshima-grown fruit and gelato and jams made from Teshima-grown fruit to visitors of the island.Read article

The Performance Event

Aug 20, 2019

The Performance Event "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage" Was Held

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage", the performance event, was held at Fukutake House in Fukuda, Shodoshima. At the venue, artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand conducted performances that showcased their unique cultural backgrounds. There were also a lot of stalls and workshops for Asian cuisine by nearby restaurants, and the event bustled with 300 visitors.Read article

The Naoshima Plan 2019

Aug 19, 2019

The Naoshima Plan 2019 "The Water" conveys Naoshima's abundance and beauty

A traditional, 200-year-old home in Honmura, Naoshima island. It used to be a post office for a long time. During the Setouchi Triennale 2019, this building will serve as a rest stop for visitors and islanders. Hiroshi Sambuichi was the architect who designed the renovated building. He has worked on The Naoshima Plan since 2011, a project spotlighting how residents used nature in their homes, village layout, and water gutters.Read article

New work of Inujima

Jul 30, 2019

New work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House unveiled to island residents

The new work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House, "Untitled (Flowers at C-Art House)," was formally unveiled by its artist Masanori Handa to the residents of Inujima on Thursday, July 18th, 2019.Read article