“Procession” artworks leave UH Library for exhibit in Japan

Works of art depicting emissaries from the Ryūkyū Kingdom left the UH Library on September 7 for exhibit at the National Museum of Japanese History in Chiba Prefecture.   The exhibit in Japan, titled “Early Modern Japan through Parades: Samurai, Aliens, Festivals,” runs from October 26 through December 9, 2012.  When the works return to UH, an exhibit and symposium will give Hawai‘i audiences a firsthand look.

Rekihaku staff, UH library staff, UH Japan Studies & Okinawan Studies faculty send off the scroll and painting:
Back row left to right, Mary McDonald, Kosuke Harayama, Hiroshi Kurushima, John Szostak.
Middle row left to right, Deborah Dunn, Tokiko Bazzell, Kaori Akiyama, Hiroko Szostak.
Front row left to right, Joyce Chinen, Allen Riedy, Mark McNally, Gay Satsuma.

The works in these special boxes are a handscroll depicting the 1671 Ryūkyū Embassy entering Edo Castle, and 26 woodblock prints of various of the Ryūkyū Embassies’ processions.  (The restored 1671 scroll can be viewed here–click on the third image down from the top, titled Ryukyu Shisha Kin Oji Shusshi no Gyoretsu).  The treasures were hand-carried to Japan by Professor Hiroshi Kurushima and Professor Kosuke Harayama from the Museum, and Ms. Kaori Akiyama, former UH Mānoa student and doctoral fellow at the Museum.  The UH Mānoa Sakamaki/Hawley Collection sends these works to join other rare materials from Japan and America revealing Edo Period parades.

The team in this photo will welcome the artworks home in February with three events:
1. “Picturing the Ryūkyūs” exhibit in UH Mānoa Art Department Commons Gallery, February 7-15, 2013.
2. Public lectures by Rekihaku scholars and Okinawa experts, Sunday Feb. 10, 1-4:30, Center for Korean Studies
3. Symposium: Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan, Monday, Feb. 11, 9-4:30, Center for Korean Studies