ICOM KYOTO 2019 Post-Conference Program in Okinawa Information for Applicants

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1.Schedule

Dates: September 8 (Sun) to 10 (Tue), 2019
Place: Okinawa Prefecture

2.Program Purpose

 Okinawa has natural conditions that are rare in Japan, being within a subtropical and oceanic climate, and has developed its own rich culture. On the other hand, it also has a tragic past, as it was the site of ground fighting that engulfed the general population and resulted in the loss of many precious lives in the Second World War.
 Okinawa is an ideal place to explore the important roles of museums; namely, “the passing down of unique natural environments and cultures” and “preservation of history.” In line with ICOM KYOTO 2019's theme (MUSEUM AS CULTURAL HUBS: The Future of Tradition), we would like to hold a post-conference in Okinawa. Our hope is to examine two topics: How to pass on unique cultures amid advancing globalization, and how to preserve memories of war as generations that have not experienced it comprise more and more of society's mainstream. We invite everyone to participate in the post-conference, a program organized for the purposes of exploring these topics, promoting interaction between interested local parties and ICOM researchers, and deepening understanding of Okinawa.

3.Details

Schedule
Day 1: September 8 (Sun) Day 2: September 9 (Mon) Day 3: September 10 (Tue)
Morning *Gathering at Kansai International Airport Technical Visit (Culture)
 Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Kunigami District)
Technical Visit (Culture)
 Okinawa Prefectural Museum (Naha City)
 (Discussion with the curator)
Technical Visit (History)
 Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum (Naha City)
 (Talk by a storyteller)
Lunch Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (left to each participant)
Afternoon Technical Visit (History)
 Facilities of the Peace Memorial Park, Himeyuri Monument, and Himeyuri Peace Museum (Itoman City)
Technical Visit (Culture)
 Nakijin Castle Ruins (Kunigami District)
 Shurijo Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Naha City)
*Disbanding at Naha Airport
Dinner Left to each participant Welcome Party
Stay Itoman City Naha City

*Click here for more information on each facility.

4.Application Eligibility

People who satisfy the following two requirements are eligible to participate in the post-conference.
1) Member of an ICOM International Committee
2) Participant in ICOM KYOTO 2019

5.Participation Expenses

Roundtrip airfare between Kansai International Airport and Naha as well as basic expenses during the tours will be covered by the Cabinet Office.

Details
(1)Expenses to be paid by the Cabinet Office
 i Roundtrip airfare between Kansai International Airport and Naha Airport
 ii Transportation during the tours (chartered bus)
 iii Facility usage fees
 iv Welcome Party-related expenses
 v Accommodations (September 8 and 9) and breakfasts (September 9 and 10)
(2)Expenses to be paid by participants
 i Transportation from Kyoto to Kansai International Airport on September 8
 ii Additional food and drink at the Welcome Party (alcoholic beverages, etc.)
 iii Meals other than the Welcome Party and the breakfasts on September 9 and 10
 iv Souvenirs

6.How to Apply

Click on the following link and fill out the Application Form.
Link to the Application Form

Deadline: April 10, 2019
*Openings are limited. If the number of applications exceeds capacity, we will select the participants. We will send responses to all applicants, regardless of whether or not they have been selected as participants.

7.Other Important Items

(1)Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation after their arrival at Kansai International Airport on September 10.
(2)A bus will be provided for transportation during the tours.
(3)English will be provided for the entire program (through the assignment of interpreters, etc.)
(4)The facilities to be visited may change or be moved within the schedule based on coordination with each facility.

  • The following reference websites are not the website of The Cabinet Office of Japan, or under the control of The Cabinet Office of Japan.
  • Those website addresses were confirmed in December 2018. For the most current address, please check yourself.
  • Facilities for the Technical Visits

(1)Preservation of history
(a)Facilities of the Peace Memorial Park (Itoman City)
Facilities of the Peace Memorial Park (Itoman City)
 The Peace Memorial Park is located in Mabuni, Itoman City, which is at the southern end of Okinawa's main island and where the Battle of Okinawa ended. It is designated as Okinawa Battlefield Quasi-National Park. The park includes the Peace Memorial Museum, Peace Hall, Cornerstone of Peace, National War Dead Peace Mausoleum, and a sacred road of monuments. It is a center for passing on the truth of the horrific Battle of Okinawa and lessons learned from it to future generations.
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(b)Himeyuri Monument and Himeyuri Peace Museum (Itoman City)
Himeyuri Monument and Himeyuri Peace Museum (Itoman City)
 During the Battle of Okinawa, teachers and students of girls’ schools were mobilized to provide nursing. The Himeyuri Monument was erected to honor the souls of the Himeyuri Student Corps, whose members were among those mobilized and who died in the fighting. On the grounds is the Himeyuri Peace Museum, which relates their experiences as they became caught up in the battle.
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(c)Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum (Naha City)
Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum (Naha City)
 As the fires of war approached Okinawa, the Tsushima-maru left for Nagasaki with children undergoing mass relocation aboard. On her way, however, she was sunk by a torpedo fired by American submarine. The Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum shares this history and relates the value of peace and life as seen through the eyes of children.
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(2)Passing down culture
(d) Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Oceanic Culture Museum, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) (Kunigami District)
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
 Ocean Expo Park is a national government park that was established to commemorate the Okinawa International Marine Exposition of 1975. Within the park is the Oceanic Culture Museum, a building presenting the history and cultures of oceanic peoples of the Pacific, including Okinawa. Also on the grounds is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which conveys the natural beauty of Okinawa’s ocean as a hands-on facility.
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(e)Nakijin Castle Ruins (Kunigami District)
Nakijin Castle Ruins
 On Okianwa Island during 14th century, there were three principalities; Hokuzan of the northern region, Chuzan of the central region, and Nanzan of the southern region. Nakijin Castle was the castle of the Hokuzan king prior to the Ryukyus' integration into the Chuzan kingdom, and was used by officials dispatched from the Ryukyu government after Chuzan conquered Hokuzan. Having roughly the same size as Shuri Castle in terms of area, it features rows of beautiful castle walls. It is registered on the UN's World Heritage list together with eight other sites as "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu."
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(f)Shurijo Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Naha City)
Shurijo Castle Park
 Shuri Castle once served as the castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom's king but burned down during the Second World War. It was later restored as the Shurijo Castle district of the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park and was placed on the UN's World Heritage List in 2000.
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(g)Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum (Naha City)
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
 The building opened in 2007 when the former Okinawa Prefectural Museum was moved to Naha's Omoromachi district and joined with the Art Museum. It is a facility in which visitors can appreciate some 90,000 materials, works by local and other artists, thrilling performances, and computer-based content with all five senses.
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