Naoshima Island

Naoshima has three settlements: Miyanoura, where ferries arrive and depart, Honmura, which was a castle town during the Warring States period, and the fishing port of Tsumuura. An important base for maritime transport starting in the Edo period, today it offers atmospheric historic neighborhoods mingling with modern creative influences. Traditional entertainment also flourished as the territory was under the direct control of the Shogunate during the Edo period. The island's renowned all-women bunraku puppet theater is still performed today.

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