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SHODOSHIMA

Shōdo Island (小豆島 Shōdoshima) is an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. The name means literally “Island of Small Beans”, which technically refers to the azuki bean but today would more fittingly refer to the soy bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soy sauce and now is even better known for its olive plantations.

There are two towns on the island: Tonoshō and Shōdoshima, comprising the district of Shōzu.

Shodoshima attracts visitors with its Mediterranean atmosphere, offering beaches, resorts, coastal sceneries and a mountainous interior with one of Japan’s most celebrated gorges, the Kankakei Gorge. The island is also known as the filming location of a popular movie.

Shodoshima serves as one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale art festival. Some permanent art installations from past festivals can be seen around the island. These include several outdoor installations, most of which are concentrated around the port towns along the island’s southern coast. Note that some of the artworks are closed on weekdays and during winter.

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