October 18, 2019

2019 Okinawa Karate Day

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In March 2005, Okinawa Prefectural Government decreed that October 25th is a Karate Day. This year there are some events planned to commemorate the Karate Day.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan (沖縄空手会館) announced that they will host the Okinawa Karate International Seminar 2019 in 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Total 6 days

Okinawa Karate Kaikan Dojo

Opening ceremony January 21 (Tue) 9: 30-10: 00
Seminars from each style; January 21 (Tues.) – 26 (Sun.),
10:00~12:00/13:30 – 15:30 (Morning and afternoon sessions come as one set)
4 ryūha will hold seminars every day (Shorin-ryū/Uechi-ryū/Goju-ryū/Kobudo)
You can select one session per day, for a total of 4 seminars.
Bus tour January 23 (Thurs)
Closing ceremony January 25 (Sat)
Exchange demonstration January 26 (Sun)
Farewell Party January 26 (Sun)

Okinawa Karate International Seminar Information

Another event will be held “Demonstrations on Karate Day” on October 25, 2019.

Demonstrations on Karate Day

The Library has a huge collection of karate related materials. Some items are not circulating (cannot be checked out), but some are circulating.

For the Library’s Hawai’i Karate Special Collection, please visit https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/hawaii_karate_collection

Hawaii Karate Collection in Hamilton Library

March 4, 2017

Okinawa Karate Kaikan opens in Okinawa

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Okinawa Karate Kaikan opened in Tomigusuku City (豊見城市)on March 4, 2017

Okinawa Karate Kaikan is a new facility where karate-ka (karate practitioners) can practice in dōjō, and learn karate’s forms and history. The facility also includes a seminar room, a conference room, and an exhibit room.

Karate Kaikan in Okinawa Facilities

UH Manoa has a large number of karate materials, donated from the Hawaii Karate Museum.

According to the newspaper article from Ryukyu Shimpo, karate will appear as one of the sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Karate: New Olympic Sport


January 6, 2017

Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at UH Manoa

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Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at the University of Mānoa Library

The online journal, Fine Books & Collections, featured a column by Ms. Barbara Basbanes Richter on the UH Mānoa Library’s Hawaii Karate Collection.

Hawaii's Written History of Karate Preserved

Hawaii’s Written History of Karate Preserved

Hawaii karate Museum Collection Website at UH Manoa

Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at UH Mānoa

In 2008, “[t]he Okinawan Collection of UHM’s Hamilton Library received a major donation of books, magazines and multi-media resources (over 700 books and CDs/DVDs/video tapes) on karate from the Hawaii Karate Museum.”

[Source: Collection Overview, available at http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/okinawa/collections/karate/index.html]

Karate is a form of martial art, and even though its roots cannot be tied to Okinawa/Ryukyus with certainty, Okinawan karate has been widely popular, even outside Okinawa Prefecture.  Kodansha’s The Encyclopedia of Japan defines karate as follows:

“Karate was historically most widely practiced in China and Okinawa and thus is not considered one of the traditional Japanese martial arts; it is, however, loosely referred to as such outside of Japan.” (Accessed on January 6, 2017, HST).

In Okinawa, a new Karate Kaikan (kaikan is roughly translated as “gathering building/place) will open in March this year.

Okinawa Karate Kaikan

Okinawa Karate Kaikan

At the opening of last year’s 6th World Wide Uchinanchu Festival (October 2016), a new Guinness World Record was established when 3,973 karate-ka / 空手家(practitioners) participated in one kata / 型 (form) together.

(Source: Karate Charlesbourg Rudy Duquet on YouTube)

Would you like to start learning and practicing Okinawan karate as your New Year’s resolution?