Pair of tin utamanuchi bottles decorated with glass beads, 2018; original: 16th–19th centuries, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
TEWAZA: Recreating Ryukyuan Handicraft Culture
Heiseikan Thematic Exhibition Room
: January 15, 2022 (Sat) - March 13, 2022 (Sun)
Japan’s southern-most prefecture, Okinawa, once flourished as its own independent kingdom, Ryukyu. Much of its unique culture was, however, lost in the Meiji-era pursuit of modernization and the flames of the Second World War. Between 2015 and 2020, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum spearheaded a project to create reproductions of sixty-five objects that encapsulate the culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom. This project saw researchers and artisans working hand in hand to revive some of Ryukyu’s lost tangible and intangible cultural properties, and in the process rediscovering their handicraft culture. In presenting a selection of their re-creations here, we hope to bring the aesthetic world of the Ryukyuan people into modern day, and, in doing so, highlight the connections between Okinawa’s heritage and its future.
List of Works (444KB)
*All the works in this exhibition are from the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum collection.
*With the exceptions of exhibits comprising tools and materials used in production processes, the works displayed are reproductions unless otherwise stated.
* Some artworks may be rotated during the exhibition period.
On view during the first rotation: January 15 – February 6, 2022
On view during the second rotation: February 8– February 20, 2022
On view during the third rotation: February 22– March 13, 2022
||Saturday, January 15, 2022–Sunday, March 13, 2022
||Heiseikan Thematic Exhibition Room, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
||9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
||Mondays (Excluding holidays. On those days, the Museum will be open on Monday and closed the following day); Subject to change.
Admission for this exhibition is included in tickets for the regular and special exhibitions (if visited on the same day).
Adults: 1,000 yen
University students: 500 yen
Regular admission is free for persons under 18 and over 70. Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.
Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge along with one attendant. Please show official ID or other documentation.
Special exhibitions require separate ticketing procedure and admission fees.
We recommend that you purchase a timed-entry ticket online before your visit. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket counter, but you may be asked to wait if the exhibition is crowded. Also, please be aware that tickets are limited and may sell out.
See visitor information page for more details.
||10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
||Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum
|With cooperation from
||Izena Village Board of Education, Okinawa Churashima Foundation,
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART,
Joshibi University of Art and Design Art Museum, Haebaru Town Museum
|With the Support of
||NHK OKINAWA, Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education,
The Okinawa Times, OTV CO.,LTD, RADIO OKINAWA CORPORATION,
Naha City, Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, The Ryukyu Shimpo, Ryukyu Broadcasting Corp.
||050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)