[Image: Folding-screen Painting of Shuri Naha Port, 19th Century, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum Collection]

Maritime Empire of Ryukyu—Analyzing the “Medieval” through Yaeyama, Miyako, and Amami History

National Museum of Japanese History
The brilliant history of the Ryukyu Kingdom is widely known; however, its invasion of the surrounding islands, Yaeyama, Miyako, and Amami Island, is not well known. These islands had different languages and cultures, but the invasion significantly altered their respective societies, and this ultimately led to the definition of Japan’s current borders. The National Museum of Japanese History has been conducting various joint research activities in this field since 2015, and museum visitors can see the research results in this exhibition. In addition, they can discover a new historical image of Ryukyu, based on more than 400 historical artifacts, such as celadon porcelain, white porcelain, national treasure documents, temple bells of important cultural assets, folding-screen paintings, and drawings.



Mar 16 (Tue) 2021-May 9 (Sun) 2021

Open on May 3. Closed on May 6.

Venue Hours

Closed on Monday
Open 9:30-16:30 from October to February. Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays. (12/27-1/4)
FeeAdults ¥600; University Students ¥250; High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 2 Companion free. Special Exhibition Fees may be charged separately.
VenueNational Museum of Japanese History
Location117 Jonai-cho, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-8502
Access15 minute walk from the South exit of Keisei Sakura Station on the Keisei Main line; From the South exit of JR Sakura Station, take the Chiba Green bus towards Tamachi Shako and get off at National Museum of History and Folklore. The venue is near from there.
Phone050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)