Japan’s Seto Inland Sea is dotted with ruggedly beautiful islands that rise sharply from the rough waters. Left behind by Japan’s urbanizing economy, these islands are redefining themselves as centres of art and architecture. Foremost among these is Naoshima, which is now well known in Japan and abroad for its modern museums, architecture, and sculpture. The famous Benesse House was designed by Tadao Ando, and houses impressive and important art works. Even the public buildings of school and town offices were created by architect Kazuhiro Ishii, making the island a truly remarkable place.