On July 2nd, the 62th Okinawa Times Award presentation ceremony and celebration were held at the Naha Terrace Hotel in Naha City. In the sport division, Gōjū-ryū master Higaonna Morio was awarded by the Okinawa Times Newspaper President Taketomi Kazuhiko for his services rendered to Okinawa karate. Higaonna sensei is the IOGKF Saikō Shihan or Supreme Master.
Other awardees are: Okinawa Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd. and Mr. Higashi Yoshikazu (Okinawa Tourist Representative Director and Chairman) in the industry division, Shimabukuro Masaharu (Shimbukuro Murasaki no kai Sōke) in the cultural division, and Hoshino Hitoshi (NPO Sangosha Sukore representative) in the social activities division.
Like every year, many people came to the venue to congratulate the awardees. More than 30 people from the Okinawa karate world also attended and celebrated the award together with the laureate.
Journalist Yanagihara Shigeo introduces Okinawa traditional karate from various points of view in a series of article.
1. The essence of Okinawa karate
2. Organizations spreading to the world
3. Karate master: Shinzato Katsuhiko
4. Karate master: Hokama Tetsuhiro
5. Karate popularization meritorious person: Itosu Ankō
6. Karate popularization meritorious person: Funakoshi Gichin
7. The way to the establishment of the "Karate Day"
8. Types of Karate: Sport · Martial Art · Health
9. Origin and Styles of karate: Shurite, Tomarite and Nahate
10. Leading figures who supported the Okinawa karate world after WWII
Introduction of styles should begin soon, with many masters to be introduced. Although in Japanese, using an online translating software might be a good way to read through this interesting series.
Toward registering Okinawa Traditional Karate as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Date and time: June 22 (Friday) 7 pm (doors open at 6: 30 pm)
Venue: Ryukyu Shimpo Hall (1-10-3 Izumizaki, Naha City)
Organizer: Okinawa Dentō Karatedō Shinkōkai (ODKS)
Co-organizer: Ryukyu Shimpo
- Keynote lecture (40 minutes)
Speaker: Inamine Keiichi (Former Okinawa Prefecture Governor)
- Part-2: Panel Discussion (40 minutes)
Mr. Higaonna Morio (Okinawa Prefecture Designated Intangible Cultural Asset Holder)
Mr. Kiyūna Chōkō (Director of the board of directors of ODKS)
Mr. Dana Masayuki (Curator of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum)
Mr. Kadekaru Takao (Director, Culture, Tourism and Sports Division, Okinawa Prefecture Government)
- Part-3: Question response (5 minutes)
Admission is free. However, admission tickets are necessary. Tickets are available at the "Okinawa Karate Information Center" located inside the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.
Inquiries: Okinawa Dentō Karatedō Shinkōkai (098-851-3707)
In its June issue, the French martial arts magazine "KARATE BUSHIDO" has published a special feature article titled "The roots of karate". The article and photos are by Stephane Coutteel.
The Okinawa Karate Kaikan, the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament, the Okinawa qualifying preliminaries and our center are among others introduced.
Also included in the article are pictures and a mini interview of Taira Yoshitaka sensei, head of the World Matsubayashi-ryū Karatedō Association.
For those interested, a copy is available at our information center.
The report of the actual coverage is here.