Yesterday was held the first Okinawa Karate Academy session of this fiscal term. Lecturer was Yamamoto Masaaki, chief curator at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. His research report was about “The state of the conflict in the Gusuku period and the actual weapons and armors.”  

 During his interesting lecture, he presented the ancient document “Hyōtō Ryūkyū Kokki” dating back to 1244 in which can be seen Ryūkyūans using swords, bows and arrows, and halberds as weapons. This document is believed to be the oldest weapon record in Ryūkyūan history.

Photo source: the National Diet Library. Follow the link to see the original pictures.