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

National Museum of Japanese History

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

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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.



from March 16, 2021 to May 09, 2021
Open on May 3. Closed on May 6.


Adults ¥600; University Students ¥250; High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open 9:30-16:30 from October to February. Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays. (12/27-1/4)


Address: 117 Jonai-cho, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-8502
Phone: 050-5541-8600

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.

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