THE SILK ROAD – A living history of interaction –

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is offering the exhibition of “Silk Road”, you will meet over 100 very rare and historical assets at the venue.

The Silk Road leads to Rome on the west and Changan in the east.

The Silk Road once flourished as a transportation route between the East and West. As the name implies, it refers to a grand trade route extending from China, the silk-producing region, all the way to Rome.

The world became richer through the exchange of not only cultural products, but also information, science, and people of all kinds along this route. The Silk Road reached Egypt via Rome, further China, Korea and Japan. Okinawa was also influenced by the trade during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

This exhibition introduces 116 works such as painting by Hirayama Ikuo (1930 – 2009), one of the iconic artists in the genre of Nihon-ga (traditional Japanese painting) who loved the Silk Road, and other selected treasures from ancient B.C. as the oldest.

Hirayama Ikuo’s The Grand Silk Road Series – Trilogy

In addition, as a special exhibition, you will see Japanese Buddhist statues produced from the early Kamakura to Muromachi periods, which are being exhibited for the first time. You will also see valuable Buddhist statues produced by Matsuhisa Sorin (the great Buddhist sculptor in Kyoto), as well as the standing Yakushi Nyorai statue created in the Heisei period housed by Toshodaiji Temple in Nara prefecture.

The Silk Road journey continues into East Asia.

This is an opportunity to reflect on the long history of the Silk Road, which spans over 7,000km.


The exhibition is taking place on the 3rd floor of the museum until May 8th (Sun). Every Monday is closed. Open 9:00 – 18:00 and last entry is 30 minutes before closing. (Open until 20:00 every Friday and Saturday)

¥1300 for adults, ¥900 for University and High School Students and ¥500 for Junior High School and Elementary School Students.

English booklet for the exhibition available at the entrance.

Tel: 098-941-8200   Address: 3-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha City

00:39 26 Jun , 2024