Restoration of the Sea
The Seto Inland Sea has long been an important nexus of transportation. Boats from the mainland came and went, bringing new cultures and lifestyles to the islands dotting the Sea. Since then, the islands have developed their own unique culture, which remain today, set against the backdrop of tradition.
However, in today’s globalizing world, the islands are losing their unique characteristics because of the aging of the populations on the islands and the decline of the local area’s vitality.
We are holding the International Art Festival, “Setouchi Triennale” in hope of bringing this vitality back to these islands, where nature and the lifestyles of the people have coalesced together. We aim to make the Seto Inland Sea a “Sea of Hope” for the world.