What is Okiten Exhibition

What is Okiten

It is a comprehensive art exhibition organized by the Okinawa Times, and it is the largest pride and familiar to citizens in Okinawa Prefecture. In 1949, as a project to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Okinawa Times, it was held to promote the Okinawan people’s artistic interest as well as postwar Okinawa art culture promotion. Since then, whenever you repeated times, both quality and quantity have been enhanced.

Currently it has developed as an art and craft exhibition with 12 genres such as Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic design, Calligraphy, Photography, Pottery, Lacquer ware, Dyeing, Weaving, Glass ware, Wood work.

Urasoe civic Gymnasium was held at the venue in cooperation with Urasoe City and the City Board of Education from the 40th exhibition (1988).


In general, applicants who are 16 years of age or older can apply regardless of their residences. Examination was performed by genre,
and excellent works. The awards include “Okiten Award”, “Encouragement Award”, “Urasoe Mayor Award” as a Special Award, “Uruma Mayor Award” as a Special Award, “the Rookie of the Year award by e-no” from U20 or U30 selected.

Associate Member

Those who have won the “Okiten Award” or “Encouragement Award” multiple times in a general application will be nominated as
“Associate Members” by members’ consultation. Associate members will announce unpublished works to the Okiten. A “semi-member
award” is awarded to excellent works among them. And also cooperate with the maintenance and operation of the Okiten.

Examination and Award

Submissions will be judge by each operation committee.

    1. (1)Provide to the excellent work of Associate member the “Associate Member Award” (certificate of merit and prizes).
    2. (2)For general submissions, the best works are presented with “Okiten Award” for outstanding works, “Encouragement Award” for
      excellent works, “Urasoe Mayor Award”, “Uruma Mayor Award” and “the Rookie of the Year award by e-no” as special awards. Each award also presents a certificate and prize ( Granted by the Rookie of the Year award by e-no). The “Okiten Award” has 1 work in each department, “Encouragement Award” is slight. Also, the “Urasoe Mayor Award” and “Uruma Mayor Award” are presented to 12 genres, and the “the Rookie of the Year award by e-no” is somewhat out of the prize-winning works of U20 or U30 in each department.


Selected works of general entry and members, associate members are shown at “Okiten” from mid-March to early April. We also hold an award ceremony and a joint celebration during the exhibition.