In the past, many sailors have enjoyed coming to Honjima, to the point of settling there between two navigations. They flourished on the waters of the Inland Sea of Japan, making trade and shipping flourish in the area. Over time, the sailors also attracted many shipbuilders, who, in addition to the shipyard, built houses and buildings there. These constructions continue to this day, still intact, in the mass tourist area of this preserved island.
You can visit some of them. It is by walking through its alleys full of history that one can taste the authenticity, the warm welcome and the very essence of Japan.
Once every 3 years, the Inland Sea region of Japan vibrates for contemporary art during the Setouchi Triennial, one of Japan’s major cultural festivals attracting critics and visitors from all over the world. For this event, many islands in the region are turned into open-air museums – approximately 12 islands.
The festival has managed to bring to light previously unknown islands such as Naoshima and Teshima and Honjima joined the program in 2013. Although the triennial is ephemeral and only occurs once every 3 years – the next edition already set to be in 2022 -, some of the sculptures and works remain permanently on the island and can be admired at any given time. Among them are works by Japanese artists such as Akira Ishii, Yasuaki Igarashi, Kazuko Murao, Rikuji Makabe and many others.