The Culture That Okinawa Has to Offer
Okinawa openly accepted the knowledge and skills gained through trade and exchanges with Japan and China as well as other East and Southeast Asian countries during the Great Trade era, which spanned between the 14th and 16th centuries, and incorporated it with the natural climate to form the foundation on which its unique culture has developed.
Performing arts such as playing the sanshin and dancing were developed at banquets to cater to the Chinese envoys while kumiodori came from the influence of noh and kabuki from Japan during the 18th century.
Crafts were refined with improved quality and skills to pay tribute to the Edo shogunate in the 17th century. The Disposition of Ryukyu brought competition with cheap products from the Mainland, but the Okinawan crafts began to receive high praise as they entered the Showa era.
During the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, the traditional culture of the tangible and intangible were subjected to devastating damages. Since the end of the war, traditional crafts have evolved in response to the needs of the times and began to establish its current status.
After the war, traditional performing arts quickly recovered as a way to heal the hearts of the people and has been passed down in various regions, gaining recognition.
In 1682, pottery kilns that were in three different places were brought together in Tsuboya, Naha, which then became the birthplace of Tsuboya-yaki, the pottery that represents Okinawa. Before then, pottery was produced in various regions of Okinawa, and there is a ruin of a kiln in Kina, Yomitan of Central Okinawa that was used to make Kinayaki, which is said to be the oldest in Okinawan pottery.
In 1972, as a result of Jiro Kinjo, the Living National Treasure of Okinawa, opening a studio in Yomitan, many potters followed, and Yomitan became a place known for yachimun alongside Tsuboya in Naha.
Held on the third Saturday and Sunday of October in Yomitan and in November in Tsuboya, Naha, we would like you to visit the Yachimun Fair if you have a chance.