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Naoshima, Kagawa

Naoshima, Kagawa

  • Population3,246

Naoshima (直島町 Naoshima-chō?) is an island town administratively part of Kagawa District, Kagawa Prefecture, 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.

Naoshima, Kagawa


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