The Ryukyu Kingdom Era
About 570 years ago, Okinawa was a land called the Ryukyu Kingdom. Ryukyu prospered through trade with Southeast Asian such as Vietnam and Thailand, as well as nearby China and Korea. As the country grew in wealth a culture unique to Ryukyu also grew, and some aspects of this culture have been passed down to the present day. There are unique performing arts of the Kumi Odori and Ryukyu Buyo in both of which performers dress in bingata-dyed costumes and traditional music with a distinct scale is played. Karate is a famous martial art that originated in the Ryukyu Kingdom. At Shuri Castle in the Ryukyu Kingdom, the nobility moved about in ryusou attire, and the king would feast on Ryukyuan cuisine, which now can be eaten by anyone at restaurants.
左：大美御殿の宴会 ,右：芸能／組踊 「二童敵討」 いずれも那覇市歴史博物館
When friends and acquaintances are invited to homes, they are served tea and sweets. In the same way, when foreign visitors arrived in Ryukyu, the kingdom would provide hospitality and entertainment. One of the performances involved in this was called the Kumi Odori, which was first performed in 1719. When the Ryukyu Kingdom became Okinawa, the Kumi Odori continued to be passed down through generations, and the tradition even persevered through World War II, when costumes and props were destroyed and performers died. It continues today, and in 2010, it was recognized as Intangible Culture Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and is highly regarded around the world.
The Kumi Odori Appreciation Program “Cinderella”
This performance was created in 2014 Michihiko Kakazu, who was working in the National Theatre Okinawa at the time. A major feature of this work is that the audience not only watches, but the story is completed by them actually appearing on stage. In other words, the style of the performance will change drastically depending on the people in the audience. If there are children, it will be cute. If there are young people, vitality and innocence can be felt, and if there are people from other countries…who knows? For each performance, we will patiently show how to appreciate Kumi Odori using special works that are aimed at the audience’s enjoyment.
Kumi Odori “Shushin Kaneiri”
In its day, the Kumi Odori “Shushin Kaneiri” was only seen by the people of Ryukyu and visitors from China. About 300 years later, we can travel back to that time and have the same experience as those Chinese envoys and the people of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
How to use the voice guide
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List of things to bring
- Please wear a face mask while you are in the theater.
- For everyone’s safety, masks are required in the facility.
Smartphone and earphone
- Smartphone and earphone are required when showing your ticket and using the voice guide.
- Photographing of the performance is strictly prohibited.
- No smartphone/earphone are available for lending.
Smartphone with the Zoom app downloaded
- The voice guide is available via the Zoom app.
- With the Zoom app, the voice guide is easily accessible. With the Zoom app, the voice guide is easily accessible.
- We have no guidance for the Zoom app in the museum. Please note to download the app to your smartphone and check how to use it before the play.
December 28, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 15:00-17:00
Daughters：Takeshi Igei, Taishi Higa
Nakagushiku Wakamachi：Shunsuke Kawamitsu
Head Priest：Takahiro Uehara
Apprentices：Taishi Higa, Takeshi Igei, Kentaro Takai
Singing and Sanshin：Hideki Hanashiro,Taisuke Yonaguni, Yoshimori Nakamine
Koto (13-stringed Japanese zither)：Norito Machida
Japanese flute：Kentaro Oshiro
Kokyu (3 or 4-stringed Japanese violin)：Sanehito Takamiyagi
3-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha-shi, Okinawa
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- With symptoms include fever, cough, or headache.
- Anyone who visited areas or countries where covid-19 is widely spread within 14 days from the day to visit the museum.
Fully equipped with air conditioning system in Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. There is always fresh air and ventilation.
There is no discounted ticket for children.
“Be.Okinawa Free Wi-Fi” is available in the museum. But it may be unstable at the auditorium. Please refer to the following leaflet about how to connect to it.
It may be unavailable under conditions such as the connection is weak in certain locations, or when number of access users exceeds the limit.
Photographing of the performance is strictly prohibited.
You cannot charge smartphone at the venue. We recommend to bring fully-charged smartphone, or bring a portable battery charger.
We have no guidance for the Zoom app. Please note to download the app and check how to use it in beforehand.
It is easy to connect to the voice guide. If the app is already downloaded to your smartphone, what you need to do is just scan the QR code to automatically start the app to connect to the voice guide.
We do not refund the ticket as a general rule. However, if the performance is canceled because of unavoidable circumstances, such as a state of emergency is declared by the government, we will refund the ticket.
Please note that we do not refund the ticket for anyone not following our infection control measures, which cause to refuse entry to the venue.
All seats are non-reserved, all open-seating.
No smartphone/earphone are available for lending. Please bring your own smartphone/earphone.