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Please allow me to introduce Naha City Museum of History.
Okinawa prefecture was once an independent nation as Ryukyu Kingdom. Under a SAPPO-SHINKO relationship (a tributary relationship, which while symbolically signifying the Ryukyu Kingdom’s status under China) with China, the Ryukyu Kingdom held a relationship with Japan’s shogunate regime and led Asian ocean as a trading nation.
Since Naha city was the politically and economically center of the Kingdom, as a result of the various cultures imported, it created its own culture that strongly affected by China and Japan.
Naha city houses a number of fine arts and crafts and historical documents donated by many people, which include national treasures of the Sho royal family-related documents.
We opened Naha City Museum of History on July 8 (Naha City’s Day), 2006, in commemoration of the 85th anniversary of municipalization, to preserve and exhibit such precious and historical assets.
We will be pleasured if this museum contributes to build the identity of Okinawans who have created their own culture, if it is the facility providing history education to the children who will lead the next generation and if it is the place for people in and out of the prefecture to explore Okinawan history and culture. 

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The History

*The lines in red are important matters.

 age  Overview
1961/5/20 Public Relation Section, Planning Division, Planning Department started compiling the history of Naha City, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of municipalization.
1962/8/1 General Affairs Division, Planning Department took over the role due to the organization reform.
1966/4 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan was instituted and the books were issued 9 totals (4 History Overview Editions, 4 Material Editions and 1 Chronology).
1966/8/1 General Administration Division, General Administration Department took over the role due to the organization reform.
1966/10/30 “Naha City History Material Edition 2nd Vol. 1 (compiled by Kindai Shinbun)” was issued. The publication of Naha City History has started (continued project).
1967/7/15 Due to the organization reform, the division upgraded to the section-classed City History Editorial Office, General Administration Department.
1968/4 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan had the 1st revision and total 18 books were issued (3 History Overview Editions, 13 Material Editions and 2 Separate Volumes).
1970/5 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan had the 2nd revision (revision of contents).
1971/5/28 – 1971/6/7 “History and Folklore Materials Exhibition” was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of municipalization (Naha Civic Hall and Governmental Museum).
1971/7/31 Due to the organization reform, the office upgraded to the City History Editorial Office, Planning Department.
1972/11 Naha City History Edition Basic Plan had the 3rd revision and 22 books were issued in total (3 History Overview Editions, 18 Material Editions and 1 Separate Volume).
1974/8/5 The first “Naha City History Newsletter” was issued (the name changed to “Historical Material Office Newsletter” afterward and the publication has been continued).
1979/7/19 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan had the 4th revision and 33 books were issued in total (3 History Overview Editions, 29 Material Editions and 1 Separate Volume).
1980/3/20 “Photo Book 100 Years of Naha City” was published.
1982/3/10 A War and postwar document, “Wail of Okinawa” was awarded the Okinawa Times Publication Cultural Special Prize.
1985/4/1 Due to the organization reform, the office upgraded to the City History Editorial Section, Cultural Promotion Division.
1987/11/3 – 1987/11/8 “Chinese Investiture Envoy Exhibition” was held in commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the friendship city agreement between Fuzhou and Naha (Civic Gallery).
1988/3/22 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan had the 5th revision (revision of contents).
1988/6/16 – 1988/6/30 “The Battle of Okinawa and the Citizens” exhibition was held (Civic Gallery).
1989/6/20 – 1989/6/30 A project exhibition “The Battle of Okinawa and the Changing of Naha City” was held (Civic Gallery).
1991/4/1 Due to the organization reform, Culture Bureau had launched and the section upgraded to City History Editorial Section, Culture Promotion Division, Culture Bureau, Planning Department. 
1992/9/29 – 1992/10/4 A project exhibition “The Battle of Okinawa and Shuri-jo Castle – Former Navy Underground Headquarters Buried under the Ground” was held (Civic Gallery).
1993/9/28 Approximately 20,000 of Okinawa-related governmental documents and fine arts and crafts including SHINBYOUZU (painting of sacred cats) and others were donated by Jo Yokouchi (A grandchild of Tasuku Yokouchi, the Chief of the Governor’s Office of Okinawa Prefecture in the Meiji and the Taisho eras, 1885-1913).
1994/4/1 Due to the organization reform, the section upgraded to the division-classed History Material Office, Culture Bureau.
1994/10/4 – 1994/10/9 “The 50th Anniversary of 10.10 Aerial Attack in Naha Material Exhibition” was held (Civic Gallery).
1995/1/24 – 1995/2/5 An exhibition of the donated materials by Yokouchi Family “Yokouchi Family and Modern Okinawa” was held (Civic Gallery).
1995/6/14 Sign boards were placed at historical sites’ due to a project of placing signs at historical sites and places in Naha city (continued project).
1995/9/5 A total of 1,341 cultural-heritage old documents inherited to Sho Family were donated by Sho Hiroshi (22nd family head of Sho Family, the king of Ryukyu).
1995/10/6 – 1995/10/24 An exhibition in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the war’s end in Naha City was held (Civic Gallery, an event squire of Palette Kumoji).
1996/3/28 “Historical Photographs of Postwar 50 years of Naha (1945-1995)” was published.
1996/5/2 A total of 85 cultural-heritage fine arts and crafts inherited to Sho Family were donated by Sho Hiroshi (22nd family head of Sho Family, the king of Ryukyu).
1997/2/14 – 1997/2/23 “Dazzling Gems of Ryukyu Royal Family, the Cultural Heritages Inherited to Sho Family Exhibition” was held (Civic Gallery).
1997/6/24 – 1997/7/6 An exhibition in commemoration of 25th anniversary of reversion to Japan “Postwar Okinawa Witnessed by a Former Japanese Soldier -Photographed by Norio Watanabe-” was held (Civic Gallery).
1997/8/12 – 1997/8/17 “The Exhibition in Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of the Father of Omoro and Okinawa Studies, Fuyu Iha’s Death” was held (Civic Gallery).
1998/4/1 Due to the organization reform, the office upgraded to the Historical Material Office, Economic and Cultural Department.
1999/11/2 – 1999/11/7 “Stored Fine Arts and Crafts in Naha City Exhibition” was held (Civic Gallery).
2000/2 Naha City History Editorial Basic Plan had the 6th revision (revision of contents).
2000/11/28 – 2000/12/3 A photograph exhibition “An early time of postwar Naha – Photographed by Masayoshi Onoda-” was held (Civic Gallery).
2001/4/1 Due to the organization reform, the office upgraded to the History Material Office, Civil Culture Division.
2002/6/26 The fine arts and crafts inherited to Sho Family were designated as a cultural asset of national importance.
2002/10/4 – 2002/10/13 An exhibition in commemoration of the designation as a cultural asset of national importance “The Fine Arts and Crafts Inherited to Sho Family -The Beauty of Ryukyu royal family-” was held (Civic Gallery).
2004/8/20 – 2004/9/30 An exhibition “Ryukyu Kingdom’s Treasures Returns” was co-hosted by The Palace Museum in China (Civic Gallery).
2006/4/1 The office was renamed to the Historical Museum of Civil Culture Division.
2006/6/9 A total of 1,251 materials (85 fine arts and crafts, 1,166 documents) related to the Sho royal family of Ryukyu were designated national treasures as historic materials.
2006/7/8 Naha City Museum of History opened.
A special exhibition “Luster of Ryukyu kingdom” was held (until Aug. 30).
2008/3/31 “History of Naha City annex. Chronology of Naha city’s politics and index” was issued. The publication of History of Naha City in 33 volumes was ended.
2008/12/19 A set of “History of Naha City” in 33 volumes was awarded the Okinawa Times Publication Cultural Special Prize.
2008/4/1 Due to the organization reform, The Historical Museum and Tsuboya Pottery Museum were amalgameted and the name of the organization was changed to the Museum of Civic Culture Division.
2013/4/1 Due to the organization reform (unification of cultural administrations), the Cultural Properties Division of Education Board and the Museum of Civic Culture Division were amalgamated and the name of organization was changed to Cultural Properties Division, Civic Culture Department.
2014/4/1 Naha City Museum of History Digital Museum has opened.

* Indicated the information of the main book publications.
* Omitted the exhibitions after the opening of the museum except the special exhibition to celebrate the opening.