Oceanic Culture Museum & Planetarium
It is facility introducing the history and culture of maritime people in Pacific region that included Okinawa.
The articles on display are pieces prepared and displayed at Expo’75 (Okinawa International Ocean Exposition) and it is our objective to preserve and pass on these emblems of oceanic culture, particularly that of the Asia and South Pacific Ocean regions throughout the 1970s.
It could be said that 'Oceanic Culture' is one where a people are raised encompassed by Mother Nature's great waters, and come to co-exist with the sea in their everyday life. They are connected to these waters by the boats that guide them from one destination to another on the ocean's vast highway.
Here at the Oceanic Culture Museum, we aim to introduce the rich culture and history that has unfolded on this expansive stage filled with diverse peoples and their way of life.
We can set our sails to new discoveries in Pacific rim, the region very closely related to Japan and Okinawa, a journey led by abundant materials and artifacts as well as explanations of great interest. Let's join the old with the new in our journey through Oceanic Culture!
We divide state of living of Oceanic people into themes such as house, meal, fishery, the clothing, music, dance, faith and can know culture and custom that are different at introducing corner, many used various tools.
ku image of a deity (Hawaii)
We are made with material from the sea (the Solomon Islands)
Kitchen (Vanuatu) of Vanuatu
Ancestor image (Papua New Guinea)
Tool (Papua New Guinean / Samoa / Vanuatu) of areca nut hippopotamus
Tree bowl, container (the French Polynesian Marquesas Islands)
Ancestral picture (Papua New Guinea)
Accessories [product made in pork tusk] (Papua New Guinean / Vanuatu)
muwari (the Papua New Guinean Trobriand Islands)
Ball [product made in pandanus] (Papua New Guinean / Marshall Islands)
Community currency [product made in bat tooth made of dolphin tooth] (Solomon Islands makira island)
One side drum (the French Polynesian Marquesas Islands)
Grip model weapon (Federated States of Micronesia tuque archipelago)
Sculpture (Papua New Guinea) of cassowary
Shell money (Solomon Islands maraita island) of maraita
Canoe displayed since the Okinawa International Ocean Exhibition held in 1975
This double canoe was designed by Mr. Herbert Kane, based on historical documents, and was reconstructed by the people of Tahiti.
In this zone, images of the history of the settlement of the mankind who set sail for new land are on display. Traditional navigation techniques and shipbuilding skills developed over time in Micronesia that even now are being handed down from generation to generation, are introduced through methods of Bande dessinée using 30m panels. This type of exhibit is the first of its kind in Japan. In order to learn navigation techniques, tools (star compass, stick charts) and items carried during navigations are also on display.
A group of Mongoloid people who were familiar with the seas and had developed shipbuilding and navigation skills over time, set sail and continued their journey eastward and spread themselves across the vast Pacific region. Their journeys are introduced through panels and images.
Using the methods of Bande dessinée, murals of approximately 30 meters each introduce “Becoming a Traditional Navigator” and “Making of Traditional Canoes” in an easy way to understand.
This is an exhibition area where models of distinctive canoes from various locations in the Oceanic region are on display.
With the map on the floor and the large screen showing dynamic visuals, this zone introduces the wisdom and courage of the people who sailed across vast seas as well as the maritime culture of Oceania by themes including housing, food, fishing, clothing, music, dance and religion. There are also areas to experience some of these themes.
On the floors of the open-ceiling exhibition hall which has an area of 30m x 15m, is a map of the Pacific Ocean. People who sailed across vast seas are introduced with the map on the floor and the large screen showing dynamic visuals.
In this zone three large canoes symbolizing Exchange through the Oceans are on display. They are Lakatoi, a boat used for trading, Kula Canoe, which was used in exchange rituals to tie bonds of friendship, and the Lien Polowat, a type of canoe that even now is the main way of transportation for the islanders in the Micronesia.
The canoe was built on Polowat Island using the traditional canoe-building methods handed down over the generations in Micronesia. Upon completion, this canoe made the six-day trip across 800km from Polowat Island to Guam using the traditional star navigation during its maritime journey.
Kula canoes are beautiful canoes with unique carvings, colors and decorations using cowry shells. The word Kula comes from rituals held in the Trobriand Islands where necklaces and bracelets made of shells are exchanged.
A type of boat used for trading by the Motuan people who inhabit the area of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. The Lakatoi canoe on display is a rare reconstruction of the boat that was built when Queen Elizabeth II of England visited Papua New Guinea in 1974.
This zone introduces the fishing culture of Okinawa. Visitors can view images of the traditional methods of free-diving and net fishing (called Agiya). Also on exhibit are images of actual construction of Marukinni (Machikifuni) which was restored within Okinawa prefecture for the first time in 60 years, as well as Honhagi-sabani and Nanyohagi-sabani boats.
In addition to the materials related to the Ocean Exhibition held in 1975, information search terminals have been installed for your convenience. A Sabani boat that you can get on board for picture-taking is also available.
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