In 1988, Soichiro Fukutake, then president and representative director of Fukutake Publishing (now Benesse Corporation), approached architect Tadao Ando and told him that he wanted to create a “utopia” in Japan. He explained his idea of transforming the neglected, economically poor islands of the Seto Inland Sea in Kagawa Prefecture into a “paradise” that would host world-famous artists’ work for everyone to enjoy — and in doing so revitalize the area. He asked Ando to join him in his vision.
“No,” the architect said. “That’s impossible.”
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