Naoshima is a small island in the Inland Sea between Japan’s main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering from genteel decline until the Benesse Corporation started a series of art and architecture projects on the island in the late 1980s. Now, Naoshima is one of the top destinations from all around the world.
The fundamental aim is to create significant spaces by bringing contemporary art and architecture in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea, a landscape with a rich cultural and historical fabric. Through contacts with art and nature, sceneries and inhabitants of the Seto Inland Sea region, they seek to inspire visitors to reflect on Well-Being. In all their ongoing activities, they are committed to foster a relationship of mutual growth between art and the region, aiming to make a positive contribution to the local communities.
The advancement of capitalism and modernity has come at a cost, continuously creating new things at the expense of what already exists. We must switch to a civilization that achieves sustainable growth by using what exists to create what is to be. This is necessary for the benefit of future generations.