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World's masks are theme for Prefectural Museum program

Date Posted: 2012-08-17

Nearly every country in the world has its own masks, ranging from ancient to current times, each depicting something unique.

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum is featuring a Masks of the World Exhibition through Sunday, September 2nd, demonstrating masks with a variety of shapes and designs. Specialists attempt to answer the questions of how masks are made and why they’re worn, explaining the variations on masks, and the areas and rationale behind each.

There are the masks of gods called “Miruku” or “Angama” from Okinawa who come to this world from another on one special day each year. Explanations are offered on how some kinds of famous demons or scary masks are created to pretend there are evil spirits, or admonish evil spirits from coming to an area.

Masks enable people to hide their faces, or transform them into a different person. The Okinawa Prefectural Museum takes visitors on adventure trips with mysterious and expression masks from Asia, Oceania and Africa.

This Sunday there will be an Indonesia Dance performance by students of Okinawa Art University, outside the Museum, beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Masks of the World Exhibition runs through September 2nd, open daily except Monday, 9 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. Sundays and Tuesday ~ Thursday, and until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Last entry to the exhibition is 30 minutes before closing.

Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥600 for college and high school students, and ¥300 for junior high school and elementary school students.

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