New Exhibition “Okinawa Karate Ryūha – Uechi-ryū & Gōjū-ryū”


  The Okinawa Prefecture Government is preparing a new exhibition.
It will start on March 30th (Friday) at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan Archives.

  On March 30th, from 11:00-12:00, a special talk-show will be held in commemoration.
The venue is the hallway in front of the Archives.
The speakers will be Tomoyose Ryukō sensei, Uehara Takenobu and Higaonna Morio sensei, all cultural asset holders for the prefecture designated intangible cultural property "Karate and kobudō". (Read the report)

  For details, please contact the Okinawa Karate Kaikan at 098-851-1025

French cameraman coverage

  French photographer Stéphane Coutteel was invited by OCVB to cover various topics on Okinawa. He visited the prefecture from March 2nd to 27th. He covered mainly diving and karate. Our information center coordinated the karate interviews and activities.

  Mr. Coutteel has been practicing karate for many years. He is a 2nd Dan in Wadō-ryū. He commented that in France, Okinawa is known as the birthplace of karate, but Okinawan styles are not so popular, therefore not well known.

  From 17th to 26th, he interviewed and photographed personalities of each styles: Masters Shimabukuro Haruyoshi, Hokama Tetsuhiro, Taira Yoshitaka, Uema Yasuhiro, Nakamoto Masahiro and Higaonna Morio. On 24th and 25th, he also covered the prefecture’s preliminary tournament for the 1st Okinawa karate international tournament, and visited the Okinawa prefectural office on the 26th to interview Yamakawa Tetsuo, head of the Karate Promotion Division. Articles should be published in the French magazine KARATE BUSHIDO among others.

  Below is a review of his karate coverage in photos.


Inside Shimabukuro Haruyoshi sensei's Uechi-ryū dōjō.


Visiting Hokama Tetsuhiro sensei's museum.


OKIC's Miguel Da Luz explaining the activities of the information center.


Matsubayashi-ryū Taira Yoshitaka sensei introducing his system. The interpreter was Yukari Marsh.


After the interview, photo shoot at the Special dōjō of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.


Shurite Shorin-ryū Uema Yasuhiro sensei in his Shubukan Uema dōjō.


Personal training after the interview.


Visiting the many sites of the cradle of karate, Okinawa.


Nakamoto Masahiro sensei and his son Mamoru sensei demonstrating kobudō.


Gōjū-ryū Higaonna Morio sensei pausing after the interview.


(If you need any support to organize interviews or a karate report, feel free to contact us.)

Participation to Cool Japan’s general meeting

  Hosted by the Japanese Cabinet Office, the "Cool Japan Public Private Partnership Platform General Assembly" was held on March 14th at the Mita Shared Chamber of Tōkyō.
  More than 200 people participated among which Okinawan Nishime Kōzaburō, Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry attended.
  A special round-table talks was held in the first half, and the activity report and activity policy for the next term were introduced in the second half. An exchange gathering was also held thereafter.
  Miguel Da Luz, public relation person of our information center and a Cool Japan Ambassador since last year, participated in each event and aimed at promoting Okinawa Karate.
  For more on Cool Japan, please visit this website.


(Photo credit:Nishime Kozaburo office

The 33rd karatedō and kobudō demonstration

  February 24th, the Okinawa Prefectural Karatedō Federation (president Teruya Kōei) held its annual demonstration at the Okinawa Prefectural Budōkan. It was the 33rd edition. The photographs of this demonstration composed of 18 different performances were released on the official FACEBOOK page of Shūreidō.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan 1st anniversary event

An event will be held on Sunday, March 4th to commemorate the opening of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.

The schedule is planned as follow:

  11:00~15:30 Children trial classes

  14:00~14:30 Karate demonstration

  13:00~ & 14:30~ Guided tour of the facility

  10:00~17:00 Karate quiz rally (for the first 100 people to sign up)

For details: 098-851-1025 (Intl': +81-98-851-1025)