|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (October 2012)|
|— Town —|
|• Total||14.22 km2 (5.49 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 ( 650/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Town of Naoshima|
Naoshima (直島町 Naoshima-chō ) is an island town administratively part of Kagawa District, Kagawa, Japan located in the Seto Inland Sea. As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 3,583 and a density of 251.97 persons per km². The total area is 14.22 km².
The island is known for its many contemporary art museums. For example, the Chichu Art Museum (literally, "in the earth") houses a number of site-specific installations by James Turrell, Walter De Maria, and paintings by Claude Monet. Designed by Tadao Ando, it is located on one of the highest points of the island, and various exhibits and facets of the museum's architecture take advantage of its commanding view. Another contemporary museum (and hotel) is Benesse House, also by Ando. Another is the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum, with an outdoor sculpture garden, and a third is the James Bond museum, inspired by the island's use as one of the settings for the 2002 Bond novel The Man with the Red Tattoo by Raymond Benson.
The museums and beauty of the island draw many tourists, whose visits help support the local economy. However, it is Mitsubishi Materials, loosely affiliated with other Japanese companies of the Mitsubishi name, that dominates industry on the island, as Naoshima has been the site of massive refining by Mitsubishi since 1917.
- Clements, Jonathan (15 October 2012). "From Naoshima With Love". The Official Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
Media related to Naoshima, Kagawa at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)
- Benesse Art Site Naoshima (English)
- Naoshima travel guide from Wikivoyage
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