Inujima consists of three islands of which the largest is in the center. It can be reached by ferry in roughly 8 minutes from a small port in Houden, Higashi-ku, Okayama City. The island’s original heyday came through industry, as a copper refinery was established there in the beginning of the 20th century.
Industrial production fueled the growth of the island’s population through to the years leading up to WWII. Following the war and a slight spike in the number of residents on Inujima, the number of citizens began to dwindle. This ultimately lead to the closing of all the schools on the island over time. The children who live on Inujima today have to commute to the mainland and attend the school nearest to the port.
More recently, Inujima has seen its purpose redefined with the establishment of 5 “Art Houses”, the first of which opened in 2010. These houses were once private residences and have now been transformed into galleries which are open to the public.
Initiated and funded by the educational company Bennese and brought to life by both Japanese and foreign artists and designers, the project has brought a renewed vigor to the island.
General Admission to the Art House Project is 2,060 JPY for adults, while entrance for children under 15 is free. Entry to the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Seaside Inujima Gallery are included in the fee.
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