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The January 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.


The January 2016 issue contains a special feature on the latest work by artist Shinro Ohtake, which opens to the public on March 20th, 2016. Ohtake has taken a large wooden hull-form, recovered from a shipyard in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, and installed it in an abandoned knitting needle factory in the Ieura-oka area of Teshima Island. With this simple gesture, the artist creates a multi-layered message to be unfolded by the viewer. In the magazine, tracing the backgrounds of both the location and the object itself, we get a sense of the history of life by the sea, the economic changes in post-war Japan, and a closer look at the lives of some of the people involved. Experiencing the artwork without such background knowledge is one way to enjoy it; however, the stories behind the work are sure to deepen your experience when you are face-to-face with the piece on Teshima Island.

In our recurring feature "The Islanders," we interviewed Ms. Sachiko Nishioka of Naoshima Island, who has been a great supporter from the very beginning of the ongoing Naoshima Rice-Growing Project, one of the projects originated during the NAOSHIMA STANDARD 2 (2006-2007) exhibition. Ms. Nishioka has been cultivating rice all her life: helping her family as a child, throughout her formative years, and continuing on after her marriage. In this interview, starting with our opening question, "What does growing rice mean to you?" our conversation goes ever deeper as we hear of her life story and how it has centered on the cultivation of rice.

Our column "Opinion: Thoughts on the Local Community" is written by a participant in one of the organizations to which the Fukutake Foundation provides financial support. This time, our contributor is Ms. Yumi Yoshikawa, director of Art Initiative ENVISI. She has directed various art projects in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, both before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the area in 2011. She first held an exhibition to revitalize the community in Minamisanriku in 2010, and because of the ties she built with the town at that time, she became greatly involved in restoring structures and providing necessary materials to the people after the tragedy. The community has struggled with its own issues for a long time, so many new problems arose in the aftermath of this traumatic event. At this notable time, five years after the earthquake, we asked her to write about what she has on her mind.

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