Project Mission

NAOSHIMA RICE-GROWING PROJECT

Naoshima Rice-Growing Project is an art project being carried out in abandoned paddy fields in the Tsumu'ura area of Naoshima, Kagawa.
Rice growing had declined in Naoshima since the 1970s but it was resurrected in a project accompanying the exhibition, "NAOSHIMA STANDARD 2," held in 2006. The project was continued after the exhibition ended in an effort to restore the pastoral landscape of the island.

The purpose of the project is to bring the paddy field as a place and the act of growing rice back into the everyday life of Naoshima. We approach it as a creative act, which is essentially not very different from art.

Started in April 2006
Location: Tsumu'ura, Naoshima, Kagawa
Area:  4,500 square meters of paddy field (as of April 1, 2012)
The total paddy field area in the Tsumu'ura district is 42,000 square meters.
Type of Rice: Hinohikari (non-glutinous rice), Mochiminori (glutinous rice)
Organized by:  Fukutake Foundation

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- Abandoned paddy fields
Paddy fields where rice is no longer grown. This situation may be due to government policies regulating rice production, the lack of available workers due to old age, or the decreasing demand for rice.

- Tsumu'ura paddy field
There are 42,000 square meters of rice paddy land and farm fields in the Tsumu'ura area. This area was previously a combination of fields and semi-cultivated land. Because of pollution and increasing age among local farmers, the fields have been abandoned and are no longer cultivated.
The Naoshima Rice-Growing Project began in 2006 and rice was harvested. "The Eco Island Naoshima Plan: Environmental Village Restoration Project" was started in 2007. The area of uncultivated land gradually decreased and the pastoral landscape was partially restored.

- Naoshima Standard 2
An art exhibition held on Naoshima and nearby islands in Kagawa prefecture on the theme of art and everyday life from Oct. 7 to Dec. 24, 2006 and Feb. 24 to April 15, 2007.