: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: Culture
Browse Culture Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Sakima Art Museum is a visit into history

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1998-11-20

To ensure that history doesn't repeat itself, Sakima Art Museum's ownerMichio Sakima wants to share his paintings, which vividly depict the harsh reality of war. He believes, "It is necessary to heal the pain of both those who died tragically in wars and those who survived. For world peace, we must continue to remind ourselves of the atrocities of war."

Sakima received a degree in Chinese history, then went to medical school for acupuncture and has been practicing for 17 years. He began collecting artwork 13 years ago and has accumulated quite a collection. When he decided he would like to open this art museum 1989, he had to ask for his family's land back. His ancestors, native Okinawans, owned the land that was then part of Futenma Air Base. He said the military was more than willing to give back the land and was enthusiastic about the concept of his museum.

The themes of the museum are "Life and Death," "Agony and Relief," "Human and War" and, most importantly, a commemoration of the Battle of Okinawa, June 23, 1945. The museum has 30 works from Kathe Kollwitz including "Peasants' War" and "War," 160 works of Makoto Ueno including a set of the Nagasaki Atomic Bombing, 60 works of Georges-Henri Rouault, and 50 works of husband and wife, Iri and Toshi Maruki including "The Battle of Okinawa."

Sakima saw a picture of Maruki's famous painting in the newspaper and heard they were going to conduct a lecture. He met the couple there and at that time Toshi had partial blindness, so Sakima performed acupuncture on her 3 or 4 times. Incredibly, her eyesight is much better now. Her husband passed away a few years ago, but not before the painting they collaborated on was hung in the new museum, which is now 4 years old. Iri and Toshi have completely different painting styles, yet the joint painting is amazingly effective. When the curator told my co-worker and me that Iri and Toshi had actually interviewed many people after the war he relayed the horrifying details of the loss of children, pregnant women dying, relatives killing each other rather than waiting for the enemy to do it, and mass suicides, our eyes filled with sorrow of the people. It was a moving experience.

Sakima's is open from 9:30-5 P.M. every day except Tuesday. If there is holiday on Tuesday, the museum will be open, however it will be closed on Wednesday. The admission is 700 for adults, 7500 for junior high and high school students, and 300 for younger children. On occasion, they have classical musicians play at the museum. Ask them for details on upcoming concerts while you are there. The museum will celebrate its fourth anniversary in November. A party is planned but a date has not been set.

To get to the museum, take Highway 330 heading towards Naha past Futenma, take a right at the light past Mister Donut. You'll see a small blue sign for Sakima Art Museum. Keep going straight. On the street before a yellow house on the left take a right. There will be a white sign with black kanji on the corner. Follow the street to the left and the museum will be on your left.

Browse Culture Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleJU FacebookOkistyle

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker