August 2, 2018

The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

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The Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan, currently has an exhibition titled The Ryukyu Kingdom: a treasure chest of beauty.

Suntory Art Museum's Exhibition on Okinawan art

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The museum writes:

“Okinawa, a prefecture that consists of a great many islands, was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the past. As a maritime kingdom and entrepôt, Ryukyu created a distinctive aesthetic. The founding of a dynasty that unified the islands’ rule in the fifteenth century launched more than four centuries in which the Ryukyu Kingdom prospered as the bridge to the many countries of East Asia. During those centuries, it also acquired a host of treasures from many other lands.
This exhibition introduces the beauty of the Ryukyu Kingdom, focusing on its textiles, exemplified by brilliant bingata fabrics, paintings that show influences from both China and Japan, and dazzlingly beautiful lacquerware. It is a rare opportunity for the superb works that have been treasured and handed down today to gather in one setting. Among them, the National Treasures: Ryukyu Sho Dynasty Related Artifacts are treasures indeed, a glorious highlight of this exhibition.”(1)

(1) Suntory Museum of Art, “The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty.” Retrieved from

Venue: Suntory Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan)

Dates: July 18 – September 2, 2018

Location and other information:

Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8643, Japan

TEL: +81-(0)3-3479-8600

Closed: Tuesdays, during the exhibition, preparation periods, and New Year’s holidays.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library’s Okinawa Collection is purchasing the exhibition catalog.

Catalog of the Suntory Museum of Art exhibition

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The museum changes the exhibition items by dates. Please check the items by date by visiting at

The works from the exhibition are available at

Related information:

On Fridays and Saturday, the Suntory Museum of Art will open till 8 PM.