Beachside Torii on the southern part of the island
Location of Naoshima in Kagawa Prefecture
|• Total||14.22 km2 (5.49 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2017)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
Naoshima (直島町 Naoshima-chō) is an island town administratively part of Kagawa District, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan located in the Seto Inland Sea. The administrative town is made up of 27 islands, of which Naoshima Island is the largest.
Naoshima 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.
- Media related to Naoshima, Kagawa at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)
- Benesse Art Site Naoshima (in English)
- I Love Setouchi - Setouchi Brand
- Naoshima travel guide from Wikivoyage
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