Lacquer Culture Exhibition draws crowds in Urasoe

The best of laquerware from Okinawa and other East and Southeast Asian countries is on exhibit at Urasoe City Art Museum.

A Lacquer Culture Exhibition — A Connection and spread of the culture of URUSHI lacquer exhibition – is well in progress at the Urasoe City Art Museum.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, August 25th, with doors open daily, except Mondays, 9:30 a.m. ~ 5 p.m., except on Fridays when entrance is permitted to 6:30 p.m. and the museum is open until 7 p.m.  Admission to the exhibition is ¥150 for adults and  ¥100 for college students.  High school, junior high school and elementary school students are admitted free to this permanent exhibition.

From ancient times, Okinawa keeps exchanging

Laquerware techniques were also used for decorative items.

cultures with each East Asian countries such as Taiwan, China, Korea, and countries of Southeast Asia. Okinawa made various cultures prosper in the Ryukyu Dynasty age, and lacquer ware is one of the cultures begun under the influence from China, and it continues to this day.

The regional history, life scenery, etc. are in sight from the lacquer ware of the countries of East Asia and Southeast Asia. In this permanent exhibition, culture of the Japanese lacquer of Ryukyu, cherished in relation with a foreign country, regional lacquer cultures colored rich which spreads in various places, their comparisons, etc. are analyzed fully.