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Oceanic Culture Museum Exhibition Hall

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!

Living (movie) of Pacific and Okinawa


Canoe which is displayed in Oceanic Culture Museum

Double canoe (French Polynesian Tahiti) of Tahiti

Lien polo watt (Federated States of Micronesia polo watt island)

kurakanu (papuanyuginiakiriuina island)

rakatoi (Papua New Guinean Port Moresby)

Fishing-boat people (the Philippine Sulu Sea) of bajau

Single outrigger canoe (papuanyuginiawatomu island) of watomu island

Canoe (papuanyuginiasepikku flow area) of sepikku river

Vanuatuan single outrigger canoe (Pente cost Island of Vanuatu)

Double outrigger canoe (Indonesian Bali) of Bali

Tatara ship of Tao group (Taiwanese orchid Yu Island)

Single outrigger canoe (Papua New Guinean Shoo ten archipelago) of Shoo ten archipelago

Samoan single outrigger canoe (samoauporu island)

Japanese canoe (Okinawa of Japan)

Oceanic Culture Museum

Fishing-boat people of bajau

  • The Philippine Sulu Sea
  • Full length: Approximately 9.5m
  • Material: Nipa palm, rattan
  • 1970s collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Single outrigger canoe of watomu island

  • papuanyuginiawatomu island
  • Full length: Approximately 5m
  • 1970s collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Canoe of sepikku river

  • papuanyuginiasepikku abandonment area
  • Full length: Approximately 11m
  • 1970s collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Vanuatuan single outrigger canoe

  • Pente cost Island of Vanuatu
  • Full length: Approximately 5.9m
  • 1970s collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Double outrigger canoe of Bali

  • Indonesian Bali
  • 2002 production

Oceanic Culture Museum

Tatara ship of Tao group

  • Taiwanese orchid Yu Island
  • Full length: Approximately 3.7m
  • 2009 collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Single outrigger canoe of Shoo ten archipelago

  • Papua New Guinean Shoo ten archipelago
  • Full length: Approximately 6.7m
  • 1970s collection

Oceanic Culture Museum

Samoan single outrigger canoe

  • samoauporu island
  • Full length: Approximately 5m
  • Material: Breadfruit
  • 1970s collection

Expanse of marine culture

Oceanic Culture Museum

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.

Oceanic Culture Museum

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)

Storyboard (Palau)

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

Oceanic Culture Museum

Entrance Hall

The Oceanic Culture Museum's Double-hulled Canoe

The Oceanic Culture Museum's Double-hulled Canoe

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.

Double Canoe of the Oceanic Culture Museum

Double canoe of Tahiti

  • French Polynesian Tahiti
  • Full length: Approximately 17.6m
  • Material: Breadfruit, pine, hibiscus, a serious, coconut palm, American silk tree, wall nuts, rosewood
  • 1974 building

Double canoe (movie)


Voyage Zone

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.

People who sailed across the oceans

The traditional navigation (movie)


People who sailed across the oceans

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.

The Bande Dessinée Exhibit

The Bande Dessinée Exhibit

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.

Large canoe collection

Large canoe collection

This is an exhibition area where models of distinctive canoes from various locations in the Oceanic region are on display.

Oceania Zone

Exhibition Hall

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.

Interaction Zone

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 Lien Polowat

The Lien Polowat

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.

The Lien Polowat

The Lien Polowat

  • Polo watt Island of Micronesia
  • Material: Breadfruit, mahoe, poon, pandanus, coconut palm
  • Full length: Approximately 8.4m
  • 2013 building

Micronesian voyage canoe (movie)




Kula Canoe

Kula Canoe

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.

Kula Canoe

Kula Canoe

  • papuanyuginiakiriuina island
  • Approximately 10m in total length
  • 1970s collection

kurakanu (movie)




Lakatoi

Lakatoi

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.

Lakatoi

Lakatoi

  • Papua New Guinean Port Moresby
  • Full length: Approximately 15.5m
  • Material: Breadfruit, eucalyptus, pandanus
  • 1970s collection

Large canoe (movie) which supported distribution


Okinawa Zone

Okinawa Zone

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.

Okinawa Zone

This bush clover

  • Itoman-shi, Okinawa
  • Material: Obi cedar from Miyazaki
  • 2013 production
Okinawa Zone

South Seas bush clover

  • Itoman-shi, Okinawa
  • Material: Obi cedar from Miyazaki
Okinawa Zone

tankubuni

  • Material: jierarumin
Okinawa Zone

machikifuni (Matsuki ship)

  • Material: ryukyumatsu, clog, coral limestone
  • 2013 production
Okinawa Zone

tatana

  • Material: It is coated the FRP painting by wood

Community Zone

Community Zone

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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