Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Teshima 8 Million Lab

Teshima 8 Million Lab is located in the seaside area of Kou in southwestern Teshima. In the Shinto religion, "Yaoyorozu" (which literally means "8 Million") is a word used to describe the myriad of gods believed to reside in almost anything - such as the wind, ocean, trees and animals. Conceived by artist Sputniko!, Teshima 8 Million Lab sets out to create new members of Yaoyorozu, forming a mythology from emerging science and art.
Far from the big city and located on a site that is blessed with an abundance of nature, the facility invites to explore alternative perspectives on our future as we continue to move forward with science.
Curated by Yuko Hasegawa

Hours & Admission

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please see Open Days Calendar for opening hours and closed days.
*free for children 15 and under

*If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people), Please go to Group Visits.
Teshima 8 Million Lab


Sputniko!'s work, Red Silk of Fate - Tamaki's Crush is inspired from the love story of Princess Toyotama, which appears in the Kojiki, the oldest existing record of Japanese history, and Shinto mythology. Princess Toyotama is said to have transformed herself into a shark when she gave birth to the child of her lover, Yamasachihiko, making their child a hybrid of a human and animal. The silkworm featured in this work is also a hybrid, created in collaboration with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) by inserting genes that produce oxytocin, a hormone said to make humans fall in love, and the genes of a red-glowing coral. The recent advancements of biotechnology have blurred boundaries between human and animal, almost realizing the fantastical world of mythologies. Science has long challenged and demystified the world of mythologies - from Galileo's belief that the earth revolved around the sun to Darwin’s theory of evolution and beyond - but in the near future, could science be recreating our mythologies?

*Toyotama Princess :The name Teshima is said to be derived from this female deity appearing in the Kojiki (The Records of Ancient Matters) in the "Tale of Yamasachihiko and Umisachihiko", Her grandson Jimmu was the first Emperor of Japan according to legend.

Cooperation:National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences(2016.4~ National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)

Artist Sputniko!

Born in Tokyo in 1985, Sputniko! creates video and installation works exploring the impact of technology on humans and society. She currently serves as Assistant Professor at MIT Media Lab. Representative exhibitions include “Talk to Me” (MoMA, New York, 2011) and “Tokyo Art Meeting Bunny Smash”(Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2013). BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science (Imperial College London) and MA in Design Interactions (Royal College of Art).

Red Silk of Fate - Tamaki's Crush ,

ArchitectsYuri Naruse
Jun Inokuma

While retaining the exterior of the old house, built more than 60 years ago, the expansive column-less space was created by suspending the inner wooden shafts from several steel beams. And just as its name suggests, the facility is a kind of laboratory, prompting various developments based on the changes that occur there. The approach to the building is lined with torii gates and a place to hang ema (votive tablets) opens onto Mt. Danyama, the mountain that towers over central Teshima. A wide range of values and contexts are combined on the site, and while maintaining the same appearance as the surroundings, a slightly strange atmosphere pervades the village. Resonating with the ambiguity of Sputniko!’s work, the space presents us with many questions.

Architects Yuri Naruse<br>Jun Inokuma

Yuri Naruse:Born in Aichi in 1979. Assistant Professor at Tokyo University since 2010.
Jun Inokuma:Born in Kanagawa in 1977. Assistant professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University since 2008.

Co-founded NARUSE・INOKUMA ARTCHITECTS in 2007.Conceive architecture from the perspective of lifestyles,communication and regional attributes, with the concept of “sharing” at the core of their design practice. Representatives works include: “FabCafe Tokyo”(Tokyo,2012),“LT-Josai”(Aichi,2013),“Kashiwa-no-ha open Innovation Lab(KOIL)”(Chiba,2014).

Group Visits (10 people and more)

Group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day to avoid overcrowding.

Please provide us the details of your group as listed below by inquiry form.
Date, Time, Group name, The number of participants, Representative, Contact number, Accommodation, Transport to the museum
908 kou, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa 7614663 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)879-68-3555 (Teshima Art Museum)
Fax. +81-(0)879-68-2182
Inquiry form


Facilities and Services

About admission

・No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.
・We accept the following credit cards: AMEX, Diners, JCB, Master Card, NICOS, VISA

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・There is no parking. Please visit by bicycle, on foot, or use public transport.
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be left at the Ticket Center.
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・Visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
  • Visitors may be refused entry if they appear intoxicated or otherwise pose a disturbance to other visitors.
  • ・Please take any garbage away with you.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.


908 kou, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa 7614663 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)879-68-3555 (Teshima Art Museum)
Fax. +81-(0)879-68-2182
Inquiry form

Notice of yearly maintenance closure (Jan-Feb 2019)
Chichu Art Museum: Transition to reservation system (online tickets)
See details here.