Conducting an online seminars for 10 countries

 Our center held an online course for more than 80 university and graduate students from 10 ASEAN countries and East Timor.

 This project was implemented as part of the JENESYS program promoted by the Government of Japan. The program is operated by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE Kyushu Branch). Students are participating in 10 programs under the theme of “Reconstruction and disaster prevention in disaster areas” from July 29th to August 25th, and the sixth course was “Japanese culture experience (sports) online karate experience”.

 On August 10th, the day of the event, OKIC’s director Uehara Kunio gave a lecture titled “Okinawa, its history, culture and karate” and answered questions from participants. After answering the questions, a seminar by Higa Kōyū sensei of the Shōrin-ryū Kyūdōkan was held.

 A participants commented, “Since the participants have been sitting and talking so far, this time they were able to experience Japanese culture while moving their bodies, and their faces told a lot about their vivid interest! From a lecture on the history of Okinawa to actual karate practice, it was a very fulfilling and wonderful program.”


Read about past JICE related events involving OKIC.

World tournaments’ website launched

 The website of the Okinawa Karate World Tournaments (2nd Okinawa Karate World Tournament and 1st Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament) is now launched with information in 5 languages. For details, please contact the secretariat directly.

Notice of temporary closure

 Our information center will be closed from July 21st to 25th to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Okinawa karate guide training project – Recruiting trainees!

 The Okinawa Prefecture will carry a training course on Okinawa karate for English guides. Those who have completed this training will be registered with the Okinawa Prefecture, and will have more opportunities to serve as interpreters during various karate related events. The number of applicants is limited to only 40.

 If you are interested, please contact the secretariat, China Gateway Co., Ltd. as soon as possible. Click here for more details. (In Japanese)




Commemoration of the “Karate Day” 2021

 The Okinawa Prefecture Karate Promotion Division is preparing this year's Karate Day celebration. The contents will be decided along the way, but at this stage, the program of events is as follows.


(1) "Day of Karate" Dedicatory Demonstration

  Date: October 25, 2021 (Monday)

  Place: Okinawa Karate Kaikan (Tomigusuku City)

  Content: Dedication performance by prefecture-designated intangible cultural asset holders, etc.


(2) "Karate Day" Commemorative Demonstration Festival

  Date: October 31, 2021 (Sunday)

  Place: Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (Itoman City)

  Content: To convey the "heart of peace" through Okinawa Karate, which is a "Martial art of Peace," and to widely promote karate both domestically and internationally, with the hope of contributing to world peace and people's well-being.


(3) Demonstration to commemorate the establishment of "Ryūkyū History and Culture Day"

  Date: November 1, 2021 (Monday)

  Place: Okinawa Karate Kaikan (Tomigusuku City)

  Content: Performing karate performances to commemorate the establishment of Ryūkyū History and Culture Day


 The content of each event will be decided according to the situation related to the Covid-19 pandemic.