Shuri Ryusen. The store increases awareness and sensitivity towards art of Okinawa,
traditional crafts and Bingata.

tel:098-886-1131 9:00~18:00 7 days a week

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History of Ryusen

Post war Bingata used synthetic paints and pigments as opposed to the traditionally used natural ones. This lead to a decrease in the quality of Bingata.

The late dyer Koto Yamaoka worried for the future of Bingata and founded ShuriRyusen in 1973 in order to revive traditional Okinawan dye crafts.

Under the direction of Koto Yamaoka, we researched thousands of plant paint and contributed to increasing the quality of Bingata.

Where ShuriRyusen stands, there is statue named “OAMUSHIRARE”, who is ordained as the 3rd deity of Ryukyu by the emperor. The building now stands where she lived. Historically the Chuzanmon entrace of Ryukyu Dynasty stood here too, so we take over and care for the Ryukyu culture..

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involvement of ShuriRyusen

  • ico We offer trappings for the NHK period drama”Ryukyu no Kaze””Honotatsu”
  • ico We authenticate trappings for NHK special drama”Qin Shi Huang”
  • ico We repair trappings Okinawa’s old parade”OWARAORI”
  • ico We offer trappings for NHK BS period drama”Tempest”

Inside ShuriRyusen store information

Visitors are offered tour a of the Bingata process in Gassho-style (traditional style of Japanese architecture with a steep thatched roof)

Showshop,rest coner

This show cases Kimono, Bingata and coral dyed daily items and interior. You can rest and taste Okinawa sweets and tea at irori fireplace where you can view calm natural colours of Bingata.

Coral dyed experience corner

Our craft centre displays antiquities and legends associated with Ryukyu dynasty’s top ranking deity.
A Place where you can feel old Shuri history and culture.

Dye factory

This is a dyeing workshop, utilizing a high triangular roof to accomodate the huge working table TAIKO (13m), which looks like a weaving machine. Bingata craftsmen must keep a steady hand and concentrate on the TAIKO all day long.

You Tube ”Shops and coral dyed Bingata Shuri-ryusen”


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Tel:098-886-1131 9:00~18:00 7 days a week

Shuri Ryusen. The store increases awareness and sensitivity towards art of Okinawa, traditional crafts and Bingata.

Inquiries & access here

  • History of Bingata
  • History of a Shuri Ryusen
  • What's NEW News info
  • Event Information
  • Experience dyed Coral & Bingata
  • History of a Shuri Ryusen
  • Wedding information
  • Madam Hiromi's daily blog
  • ShuriRyusen blog