Publication of our information center’s leaflet



  In order to promote Okinawa karate and the activities of our information center, we have created a A4 size 3 folded full color leaflet with information in Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.

  Representatives of the 3 major styles of Okinawa karate, that is to say Shōrin-ryū, Gōjū-ryū, Uechi-ryū and Kobudō have collaborated in this project. We also would like to thank the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support.

  This leaflet will be distributed inside and outside the prefecture in public facilities and during events and fairs.

  Here are the two sides of the leaflet in PDF version   PDF-1 PDF-2

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Notice on the 2017 “Karate Day” events


Karate day dedicatory demonstration


  On October 25 (Wed.), at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan Special Dojo (Shurei no Yakata), with the aim of promoting “Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate”, a grand masters demonstration will be held as a commemoration of “Karate no hi – Karate Day”.
     Date and time: Wednesday, October 25, Heisei 20 (Wednesday) 13: 00-14: 00
     Place: Okinawa Karate Kaikan Shurei no Yakata
     Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Okinawa Dentō Karatedō Shinkōkai


Karate Day commemorating budōsai festival


  On October 29th (Sun.) at Naha City Kokusai Street, in order to promote the “Karate no Hi – Karate Day” and “Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate” both locally and internationally, a commemorative demonstration will be held.
   During the event, “Karate trial sessions” will be conducted by karate leaders for beginners. They will be followed by various demonstrations in different parts of the street.

     Date and time: Sunday, October 29th, 2017 (Sun.) 13: 30 – 16: 45
     Place: Kokusai Street, Naha City
    Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Okinawa Dentō Karatedō Shinkōkai
         ① 13: 30 ~ 14: 00 Karate trials
         ② 14: 00 ~ 15: 00 Part 1 Ceremony greetings, representative performances (Tenbusukan Square)
         ③ 15: 30 ~ 16: 45 Part 2 Simultaneous martial demonstrations (Fukyū-gata I & II)


(Source: Okinawa Prefecture Karate Promotion Division)

Towards Okinawa traditional karate’s UNESCO registration


  On the invitation of Okinawa Prefecture's designated intangible cultural asset holder Higaonna Morio sensei, some 50 influential karate masters and related people gathered at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan on September 23 to listen to video lectures and exchange opinions on the subject of the UNESCO registration of Okinawa Traditional Karate.

  Lecturers were Matsuura Koichiro and Nakahara Nobuyuki. Mr. Matsuura (80 years old) is a diplomat, former UNESCO secretary general and director of the Japan Karate Association.  Mr. Nakahara (82 years old) is a former director of the Japan Banking Association and the former chairman of the JKA.

  In their speeches, they stressed the importance of having Okinawa traditional karate being included in the list of Japanese intangible cultural heritages in order to succeed in the UNESCO recognition. With this in mind, Okinawa traditional karate must be promoted in all Okinawa through various types of events. The material distributed at the venue can be found here (In Japanese).

  In the second half, participants expressed various opinions and ideas on the matter. The chairman of the board of directors of the Shinkōkai, Kiyuna Chōkō sensei stressed the necessity of a movement headed by the Governor of Okinawa Prefecture.

  At the end of the meeting, Mrs. Teiko Yonaha-Tursi, a Goodwill Ambassador appointed by the Okinawan Government who resides in New York stated her favorite proverb “Goetsu dōfū (bitter enemies placed by fate in the same boat)” and called out Okinawa karate people to seriously strive for the UNESCO recognition saying “It's about time!”.

Information in 8 languages

  Following the Japanese and English sides of our website, our information center has launched its Spanish and French pages. In addition, we introduce our center in Russian, German and Chinese.
   Please note that at the moment, our center can only handle directly inquiries in Japanese, English, Spanish and French.
   Do not hesitate to contact us anytime.