Help us name a new character for Okinawa Karate and win a prize!

The Okinawa Dento Karate Do Shinkokai has introduced a unique character for Okinawa karate.

The purpose of this character is to enhance the familiarity and accessibility of Okinawan karate to the public, aiming to establish it as the traditional culture of Okinawa, the birthplace of karate.

We are currently seeking a name for this character.

This character is inspired by the Iriomote Yamaneko.


Submission Period:

From Monday, November 6, 2023, to Wednesday, December 6, 2023.


Application Form:

Please use the dedicated form to submit your application (



Open to anyone residing in Okinawa Prefecture.


Number of Entries:

Limit one entry per person.



Winners will receive a certificate of merit and a gift certificate worth 10,000 yen.


Awards Ceremony:

An awards ceremony will be held to honor the naming contest winners.


Terms and Conditions of Entry:

Entries must be original creations of the applicants and must not have been previously published.
The copyright and other intellectual property rights of the selected name will be owned by the Okinawa Dento Karate Do Shinkokai.
In case the applicant's email address or phone number is unknown or cannot be reached, the application will be considered invalid.
If more than one person suggests the same adopted name, a random drawing will determine the winner.

The 1st Okinawa Karate Academy will be held!

The Okinawa Karate Academy is a research and conference center that focuses on and promotes the academic aspects of traditional Okinawa karate.

The first conference of this year, scheduled for November 30, 2023, will concentrate on the significance of the karate demonstration at the prewar opening ceremony of Butokuden, Okinawa's Budokuden. The presenter for this research report will be Mr. Ken Sonohara, the chief curator of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

Event Details: Name: Okinawa Karate Academy Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 14:00-16:00 Location: Training Room, Dojo Building, Okinawa Karate Kaikan Presenter: Mr. Ken Sonohara (Chief Curator, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum) Theme: "The Significance of the Karate Demonstration at the Opening Ceremony of Butokuden, Okinawa's Prewar Karate Hall."

Built in 1939, the prewar Butokuden served as a center for martial arts competitions and instruction. The Okinawa Butokuden Opening Ceremony held in Naha will be explained in detail, with a focus on introducing important events and demonstrations of that time. Special emphasis will be given to the numerous karate and kobujutsu demonstrations performed by 27 masters, many of whom were in attendance, including Hayashi Pigajuro, Chairman of the Dai Nihon Butokukai.

This conference is made possible through related materials donated in honor of last year's "Okinawa Karate Day." The academy aims to deepen understanding of the significance of karate demonstrations at the prewar Budo Hall of Fame and the situation in Okinawa Prefecture during the war.

We eagerly anticipate your participation! Please note that the entire conference will be conducted in the Japanese language only.

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Karate Day 2023 is just around the corner!

Karate Day 2023 is just around the corner!
The Karate Day event will be held for two days, on October 25th (Wednesday) and October 29th (Sunday).
Come and experience the historical karate techniques and beauty that have been cultivated in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate!
The commemorative demonstration will be live-streamed worldwide on the official YouTube channel,
sharing the martial art of peace with the world.

**Karate Day Events:**
- October 25 - Inaugural Dedication
- October 29 - Commemorative Performance

**Inaugural Dedication:**
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 11:00-12:00 Japan Standard Time (UTC +9)
Traditional techniques will be presented at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan Special Dojo to honor those who created, nurtured, and passed down karate. For more information about the dedication demonstrators, please visit the following website:](
Please note that due to space constraints, the general public is not allowed to attend the "Inaugural Dedication."

**Commemorative Performance:**
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 15:00-16:25 Japan Standard Time (UTC +9)
To commemorate Karate Day, karate practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world will gather along Kokusai-Dori (from in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office to in front of the Bunka Tembusu Kan in Naha City) to perform a spectacular demonstration. These demonstrations are held in cooperation with the Okinawa Prefectural Government, which aims to promote the global spread of karate.
The demonstration will be performed in unison by all participants of "Fukyu Gata I,"
established by Okinawa Prefecture to promote karate's spread across various regions.
The commemorative demonstration will also be live-streamed on the official YouTube channel.

**About the Live Streaming of the Commemorative Performance:**
The live streaming of the commemorative Performance will be available on the official YouTube channel.
Please follow the official YouTube channel here:

Please be aware that accessing the official website on the day of the event may be challenging.
Don't forget to subscribe our YouTube channel and stay tuned!

ODKS will be presented in a program on RBCi Radio.

The Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai will be featured on the local RBCi Radio program on October 22nd at 18:00.


Tune in to "Goriken's Kyushu-Okinawa Map" as we approach Karate Day.

We will delve into the exciting topics about Karate, rooted in Okinawa, covering the following:


Introduction to the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai.

Exploration of Okinawa as the birthplace of Karate.

An overview of Karate Day, including details about the Commemorative Performance


For more information on Karate Day events,


If you're interested in experiencing Karate in Okinawa,


Don't miss "Goriken's Kyushu-Okinawa Across Map" on this radio program, airing on 8 stations across Kyushu and Okinawa.

This program will provide you with hints and information for your travel plans and updates on current happenings in your hometown.


The primary host, Goriken, an expert in travel and history, along with various stations in Kyushu and Okinawa,

do the best research and present the latest information on the seasonal attractions in Kyushu and Okinawa!


The 7th Okinawa Karatedo Kobudo Distinguished Service Award Notice

The Okinawa Karatedo Kobudo Distinguished Service Award is being presented by the Ryukyu Shimpo in recognition of outstanding dedication to the preservation and advancement of Okinawa's esteemed traditional karate.

The 7th Okinawa Karatedo Kobudo Distinguished Service Award recipients are as follows:

1. Asato Nobuhide
- Hanshi 10-dan
- Urasoe Dojo, Uechi-ryu Okinawa Karatedo Kyokai
- Website:

2. Kakazu Yoshimasa 
- Hanshi 10-dan
- President of Okinawa Shorin Ryu Kenshi-Kai Sohonbu
- Website:

3. Shimabukuro Haruyoshi 
- Kyoshi 8-dan
- Vice President of Uechi-ryu Karate-do Kyokai
- Website:

4. Shinjo Kiyohide
- Hanshi 10-dan
- President of Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kenyukai
- Website:

5. Taira Sadayuki 
- Kyoshi 8-dan
- President of Okinawa Karatedo Goju-ryukai
- Website:

These esteemed individuals have made significant contributions to ensure the enduring tradition of Okinawan traditional karate for future generations.

Okinawa Traditional Karate will persist in its journey toward achieving its ideal state.