Okiten invites visitors to largest art exhibition

Okiten exhibition showcases 830 pieces of art of every genre through Apr. 5th.

The 67th Okiten is an art spectacle, an event featuring a dozen art genres broken into seven categories showcasing some 830 pieces of art.

Ceramics and pottery are traditionally well presented at the exhibition/

Okiten is the largest local art exhibition on Okinawa, featuring paintings, print arts, carvings, graphic designs, calligraphy, photographs and crafts. Okiten is running through April 5th at the Urasoe City Gymnasium from 10 a.m. ~ 6 p.m., with last entry at 5:30 p.m. each day.  On the exhibition’s last day, April 5th, doors close an hour earlier.  Admission is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for elementary, junior high and high school students. Entry for pre-schoolers and younger is free.

Other than the exhibition, a pottery wheel and Shisa face making experience will take place between 2 p.m. ~ 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Those who want to take a class need to make a reservation in advance at (098) 860-3588). Seating capacity of each class is 20 people.  In addition, 25 local companies in Urasoe City will gather together and exhibition and sale their products through the 29th. The companies may from day-to-day.

“Okiten”, sponsored by Okinawa Times, is one of the biggest comprehensive fine-arts exhibitions in Okinawa prefecture. It is opens the middle of March every year in the Urasoe civic gymnasium, and in order to appreciate the arts in Okinawa Prefecture, many people visit every year. This is the 67th Okiten exhibition.

Various prizes, including an Associate member prize, Okiten prize, and Encouragement prize, are selected from the works applied for in seven sections and 11 technical genres such as pictures, print, sculpture, design, calligraphy, photography and industrial art. The industrial arts are ceramics, lacquer art, dyeing, textiles, and glass. A total of more than 1,200 items were submitted and are on display this year.