Hawaii: 150-year of Japanese Migration and Histories of Dream Islands
Period Tuesday, October 29 –Thursday,December 26, 2019
Venue Special Exhibition Galleries A&B, National Museum of Japanese History

Adults: To be determined
college students: To be determined
* Fees in parentheses apply to groups of 20 or more.
* Admission to permanent exhibitions included.
* Free admission for High school age and below.

Hours 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (entrance closed at 4:00 p.m.)
* Open hours and days are subject to change.
Closed Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, the Museum is closed the following Tuesday.)


Beginning with the first Japanese organized voyage to Hawaii in 1868, known as the ‘Gannenmono’, a large number of Japanese went to Hawaii as laborers. They first engaged in the plantation work and then established Nikkei communities. Their communities expanded until Japanese and their descendants accounted for one-third of the total population in Hawaii at the outbreak of the Pacific War. This exhibition traces histories of Hawaii from the pre-modern to modern period from various historical perspectives: from the experiences of migration and war, to images of paradise dream islands, as well as the perspective of the Kingdom itself and that of native Hawaiians.