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The October 2015 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

NAOSHIMA NOTE is a quarterly magazine published by Benesse Art Site Naoshima, introducing our activities on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima. With broad coverage of artistic and architectural initiatives, this publication also documents transformations taking place in the local context of the islands and aims to engage readers to feel, to think, and to act. The contents of the latest issue are introduced below.

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The latest (October 2015) issue contains a special feature on "Benesse Art Site Naoshima at Night," which offers information on ways to experience Benesse Art Site Naoshima after sunset and on into the night. After the autumnal equinox, the sun goes down earlier and earlier during October and November. From October onward, most of the art facilities on the islands that visitors view under natural light close 30 minutes to an hour earlier than during the warmer months. However, while the nights get longer and time spent viewing art by the sun's light shrinks, there are other ways to enjoy your time here after sunset. This issue is your nocturnal guide to Naoshima and other islands, focusing on five topics: 1. Walk. 2. See. 3. Talk. 4. Sleep. 5. Explore other islands. It contains suggestions for a range of activities - a walk along a promenade by radiant moonlight, the night view of the Takamatsu skyline you can see across the water, night-time programs at art facilities, bars and lounges, and accommodations for sleep - that may be too much to cover in just one night, so we hope to see you again and again.

In "THE ISLANDERS," a recurring feature on year-round residents of the islands, we present an interview with Shoji Yamamoto, owner of Yamamoto Orchard on Teshima Island. Mr. Yamamoto says he has "stuck with growing good oranges and lived with mandarins," but in addition to his long career raising Teshima mandarins he has also served as chairman of the Tonosho town council, and put enormous effort into maintenance of scenic rice terraces in the Karato district and the opening of the Teshima Art Museum. In the interview, Mr. Yamamoto shares his experiences thus far and his thoughts on the future of Teshima.

The Fukutake Foundation, which plays a major role in operating Benesse Art Site Naoshima, also provides financial support for regional revitalization in communities throughout Japan. In the section of the magazine entitled "OPINION: Thoughts on the Local Community," we leave the Setouchi region for a bit and turn our attention to various other areas of Japan, sharing columns guest-written by recipients of Fukutake Foundation grants. This issue's contributor is Midori Kubota, chairperson of the non-profit organization "Creative Support" Let's based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.

You can access the digital version of NAOSHIMA NOTE here.

The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

Apr 28, 2017

The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE has been published.

The May 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine NAOSHIMA NOTE contains a special feature about "Artist at Gallery 6 2016" presented at Miyanoura Gallery 6.Read article

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize visits the islands

Apr 21, 2017

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize visits the islands

Pannaphan Yodmanee, the winner of the 11th Benesse Prize, visited Benesse Art Site Naoshima in early March, 2017.Read article

An encounter with Lee Ufan: What it Means to Accept

Mar 03, 2017

An encounter with Lee Ufan: What it Means to Accept "Uncertainty"

Lee Ufan was one of the leading figures of the Mono-ha school (School of Things), a contemporary art movement emerging in Japan in the late 1960s. A talk by Lee Ufan was held in Naoshima in January 2017, providing a deeper insight into the experience of the Lee Ufan Museum through the direct words of the artist.Read article

Conference by Michael Govan

Feb 15, 2017

Conference by Michael Govan

In autumn last year, a momentous conference by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was held at Benesse Art Site Naoshima.Read article

Naoshima Hall wins 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award in Best New Public Building category

Feb 10, 2017

Naoshima Hall wins 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award in Best New Public Building category

Designed by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and completed in November 2015, Naoshima Hall is a public hall built in the Honmura district for the residents of Naoshima Island. The hall took the top spot in the Best New Public Building category of this year's coveted Wallpaper* Design Awards, presented by the eponymous British magazine.Read article

Morning Talk about Claude Monet by Ayano Hayashi:

Dec 22, 2016

Morning Talk about Claude Monet by Ayano Hayashi: "Water Lilies in the morning sun and sweets the artist loved."

Chichu Art Museum permanently houses five works from Claude Monet's iconic "Water Lilies" series, painted by the artist in his later years. Monet was also very interested in cuisine, and he was an avid gardener and cook. As a tribute to this aspect of the artist's life, we will host a tour to explore the theme of art and food in Monet's life, inviting freelance curator Ayano Hayashi, whose special interest lies in finding and introducing a culinary connection in the work of painters - with a special focus on artists from the impressionist period.Read article

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