In 1985, Tetsuhiko Fukutake, the founder of Fukutake Publishing (now Benesse Corporation), nurtured a dream of creating an area where children from around the world could gather on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Together with Chikatsugu Miyake, then mayor of Naoshima, whose own dream was to develop the south side of Naoshima as a pristine and educational cultural area., these two men formed a mutual agreement to develop Naoshima. Activities commenced with a trial camp for children, operated by employees of Fukutake Publishing.
Naoshima International Camp, designed under the supervision of architect Tadao Ando, opened to the general public as a place to experience the natural landscape of the Setouchi area by staying overnight in yurts from Mongolia. That year, Karel Appel’s outdoor sculpture Frog and Cat became the first work of modern art to be permanently installed here.
Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility…
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