King Sho-Nei exhibition at the Urasoe City Museum
Urasoe City Museum is holding the exhibition of “King Sho-Nei”. He is one of the Kings in the second Sho dynasty in Ryukyu Kingdom era and the only King who is from Urasoe.
He is the only king who is not from Shuri.
King Sho-Nei is the 7th King in the second Sho dynasty. He was the king from 1589 – 1620.
He is known as the king with the most tragedy by Okinawan people, because the Satsuma domain (currently Kagoshima prefecture) invaded Ryukyu in 1609 and King Sho-Nei was the ruling king at that time.
All Kings of Ryukyu in the second Sho dynasty are entombed at the “Tamaudun.” This is the top mausolea for the Kings of the second Sho dynasty in Shuri.
However, King Sho-Nei was entombed at the “Urasoe Yodore”, which is also a mausolea for Kings in Ryukyu Kingdom.
In the battle of Okinawa in 1945, the Urasoe Yodore and the Tamaudun were demolished by the U.S. attack on Okinawa. However some pieces of the urns inside the mausolea were saved.
These important artifacts are still preserved and research continues today.
While visiting the Urasoe city museum, you can now watch as these important historical artifacts and old urns are repaired.
You can also view some historical assets relative to King Sho-Nei.
The exhibition is taking place until November 15th everyday except Mondays.
Open 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (open until 7:00 P.M. on Fridays)
The cost is ¥200 for adults, ¥130 for University students, and ¥160 for adults over the age of 65. This event is free for children under the age of 18.