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Naoshima Note


Naoshima NoteNaoshima Note is a small bilingual quarterly published by Benesse Art Site Naoshima talking about, well the Benesse art sites as well as life and other aspects of the islands where they’re located, namely Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima.

I found it totally by chance, last June, on Teshima, and I instantly became a big fan. The articles talk about the islands in ways that are not to dissimilar from this blog (but written by people that have inside information, not just a clueless French guy still trying to understand what’s going on half of the time).

Unfortunately, it’s not very easy to find. It is my understanding that one can buy only on the Benesse Art Sites on the three islands. It is possible to subscribe to it, but only within Japan.

Now, if you are interest in what this nice little periodical has to say but are not in Japan, rejoice, I have great news for you. We contacted them last week, and they agreed that I publish on this blog excerpt of articles when I see fit. Cool, isn’t it? (as well as extremely nice of them, thanks a lot Benesse Art Site Naoshima!)



4 thoughts on “Naoshima Note”

  1. Hi, I just wanted to drop down a few words cuz your images and stories with Kagawan locals reminded me so much of my home town, and it is takamatsu! I’ve studied in Canada since in my teen’s and come back to Japan a couple months ago and to takamatsu a week ago. I totally perceive the kagawa society like you have when you first arrived, so I couldn’t stop nodding my head while reading lol It’s really great that someone from outside kagawa came to like kagawa 🙂 bbye

    1. Thanks for the compliment Nikole, it’s much appreciated.
      Your prefecture and your hometown are hidden jewels in Japan, it’s sad so people overlook them (but it’s their loss, not ours). 🙂

  2. Thank you for making this arrangement with Benesse! First I was excited to learn that such a publication existed, then disappointed to hear that I wouldn’t be able to get it in America, and finally thrilled that you would publish some of it here. But even without that, I always look forward to your blog. For a “clueless French guy” (and I don’t agree about the clueless part) you do a great job of presenting the Seto Naikai islands and their unique attractions.



    1. Wow, I didn’t think anybody really would be interested in this announcement. I’m glad you are.
      Although, I’m just allowed to publish excerpts for obvious reasons. I’ll make sure I pick the best ones. 🙂
      And thanks for the compliment too, it is also much appreciated.

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