A large scale installation and elevation of Okinawan crafts
at the Naha airport international terminal.



The installation, TAYUTAI, is a work of art created for installation in the Naha Airport International Terminal Building’s Fukugi Hall from Sunday, December 1, 2019, through mid-January 2020.

This installation uses textiles (Kumejima Tsumugi, Miyako Jebu, Yomitan Hanaori, Ryukyu Kasuri, Shuri Weave, Kiyochika Basho Cloth, Ryukyu Kohata, and Chika Hanaori) made by eight ateliers in Okinawa, using a Christmas tree as a motif. In order to let the fabric sway in the wind take center stage, I eliminated elements that would give the impression of gravity as much as possible, including the framework. In addition, in order to accentuate the different patterns of the fabric, the length of the fabric was carefully selected, and multiple circulators were installed inside, so that you can feel the Okinawan breeze even indoors.

[Concept of the work]
Oct 31, 2019.
Shuri Castle, one of the symbols of Okinawan culture, was burned to the ground.

If you unravel the story, you will find that there is a
Various crafts and cultural arts were attributed to the Ryukyu Dynasty.

Ryukyu culture is full of diversity.
Ryukyu has been an important trading area throughout its history and has had a variety of cultural exchanges both at home and abroad.
He has taken them in and sublimated them into his own culture.
It is the embodiment of the diversity that we must face in this very age.

The influence of various cultures can be seen in the textiles of each region.
The textiles are collected from eight different regions in Okinawa.
All of them are fascinating and full of stories to tell.

This work is like a cloth that flutters in the wind.
The textiles that have lightly colored the life of this land are
It is an installation that is sublimated by incorporating a few slight movements.
The expression on his face changed as he slowly caught the wind.
Never settling in, always moving and changing.

With the hope of restoring Shurijo Castle, we hope to bring the flexible Ryukyu culture to Japan.
I’m more than happy if it made you feel a little.