Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Masks of Ishigaki Island


Ishigaki is a small island that is part of what is now Okinawa, though it is much closer to Taiwan than to the main island of Okinawa.


The Ishigaki Shiritsu Yaeyama Museum is a local history museum that had some masks among the displays, and masks are objects I seek out when traveling around Japan.


I know little about Okinawan masks, but it looks like these three are some form of ogre.


I believe the second photo show Angama masks which are worn during Obon. The bottom photo is a Shishi.


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