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

The April 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature entitled "Naoshima Architecture Chronicle―Visualizing the Future of the Town and its People".


Based around the concept of "autonomous community development" championed by the late Mayor Chikatsugu Miyake, the town of Naoshima has since the 1970s been the site of around 20 building projects by Japanese and international architects. This issue's special feature traces, in the form of a chronology, the people who were involved in creating this architecture, and presents comments from people whose daily lives closely interrelate with it. The past few years have seen new additions: Naoshima Hall, the new community center completed in December 2015, and the LABYRINTH OF CHERRY BLOSSOM created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Naoshima's establishment as a town. This issue includes messages from the people behind these projects, architects Hiroshi Sambuichi and Tadao Ando and current Naoshima Mayor Mitsuru Hamanaka.

During the spring and summer seasons of the Setouchi Triennale 2016, two special exhibitions on the theme of architecture will be held on Naoshima.
One, entitled Naoshima Architectures: Naoshima Blueprint, re-examines visions for the future of the island, expressed through architecture by the project clients and architects of succesive past eras. The other, called The Naoshima Plan: Hiroshi Sambuichi, presents the concepts underlying Naoshima Hall, designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi in 2015, and the private home Hiroshi Sambuichi built in Naoshima (called "Matabe.") These exhibitions will next be open for viewing during the summer session of the Triennale (and briefly over Golden week, from April 29 to May 5), but we hope the contents of this issue will help enrich your knowledge of Naoshima's architecture beforehand.

For our ongoing series "The Islanders," we conversed with Chieko Tsugita, a resident of Inujima. Ms. Tsugita speaks on a wide variety of topics to visitors of the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum who have just emerged from the museum's Sun Gallery. The old copper refinery (the seirensho in the museum's name) had already closed its doors when she was born, and she shares stories about how she played at the abandoned site in her talks, which she has continued giving for nearly eight years since the museum opened. What drives Chieko Tsugita to keep on telling people the story of Inujima? She discusses this and other topics in the interview.

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