Benesse Art Site Naoshima


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

The July 2016 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about "Teshima 8 Million Lab," our latest permanent facility which opened in the Kou district of Teshima island on March 20th, 2016.


On Teshima island, Benesse Art Site Naoshima presents works of art that explore the fundamental theme of "Life and Death." The latest addition is Teshima 8 Million Lab by artist Sputniko!. In it, the artist suggests a possible "future" defined by science and technology, through the medium of art.
As times change, we are constantly forced reexamine our ideas and views about "life and death." Teshima 8 Million Lab raises questions about social values, beliefs and attitudes that may alter our assumptions about what the future will be like. This issue of NAOSHIMA NOTE features Teshima 8 Million Lab, including an introduction to the facility and artwork, as well as a conversation between artist Sputniko! and Yoshimi Yashiro, associate professor at Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application. In it, they discuss the work from the viewpoint of life science.

The column "Opinion - Thoughts on the Local Community" introduces the various programs to which the Fukutake Foundation provides financial support. In this issue, the column focuses on Kanayo Ueda, "poetry entrepreneur" and director of the NPO "COCOROOM." Her poetry projects began in 2003 at "Festival Gate," an entertainment complex supported by both public and private sectors in Osaka city. Due to changes in Osaka city's cultural policy, she relocated to Kamagasaki, in 2008. Ueda has focused her attention on the elderly men of Kamagasaki, and learned a great deal about Japanese modern history. Inspired by her encounters, she established "Kamagasaki Art University" which offers free classes for the townspeople. A participant of the "Yokohama Triennale 2014," Ueda recently initiated a project called "Drifting Kama Gei" in which she and the elderly men from Kamagasaki visit schools in the local Nishinari Ward of Osaka, to which Kamagasaki belongs. She also launched a project called "Cocoroom Cafe Garden Guest House." In this column, Ueda writes about the social issues of Kamagasaki which she learned about from the townsmen participating in her program, various projects she has launched in the past, and her future plans.

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