Shodoshima Island

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Shodoshima is one of the venues of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale:
Spring Session:   March 20 to April 17
Summer Session:   July 18 to September 4
Autumn Session:   October 8 to November 6

Shodoshima (小豆島, Shōdoshima) is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and one of the first islands born to the gods in the creation myth of Japan. The name literally means "small bean island", 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.

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. Over 40 artworks can be seen during the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. The art pieces are spread across the island, with most of them concentrated around the port towns along the southern coast. Many are new to this year's art festival, while the rest are permanent art installations from past festivals.

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Former movie set of a popular Japanese movie.

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Kankakei Gorge

Spectacular gorge in the mounatinous interior.

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Soya Sauce

A local food product for centuries.

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A fifty meter tall white statue of Kannon.

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Olive Park

Park on the site of Japan's first olive plantation.

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