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  1. Child Treasure Rock

    Child Treasure Rock

    This is Child Treasure Rock in Okinawa, Japan in high tide while the waters were strong due to a passing storm. The original was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa.
  2. 11) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    11) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 4 Didn’t take as many extensive notes this week; most of them are written at night and I’ve been too exhausted to write much. Since the kids had finished their performance they only came for Tuesday and Friday’s sessions, but they’ve earned the rest. I’m grateful for the festival, as it...
  3. 10) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    10) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Saturday 9/28/2019: Performance day! The kids did great, smoothly running through their enbu so quickly I was glad I was at the ready with several cameras to capture it. There was a full roster of performances, mostly dance, and throughout the evening various dances with the Shiisa...
  4. 9) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    9) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Friday 9/27/2019: Met up with Sensei early today, and went to the Karate Kaikan with him and his wife Ritsuko. We met up with Miguel Da Luz, who I had recognized as an interpreter in some of the videos I’d seen in my research. The kaikan was just finished 3 years ago so there's still plenty to...
  5. 8) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    8) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Thursday 9/26/2019: Went to yoga at Asato Dojo and hung out a bit with James (the owner) afterwards. Very interesting conversation, he noted that there was almost no knife work in Okinawan karate, except for a style that does some sword and tanto work, and Nakamoto sensei (I think this is a...
  6. 7) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    7) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Wednesday 9/25/2019: Sensei came through today, not only bringing naihanchi back up, but also letting me swing around a little nunchaku when I first arrived. Mostly just for exercise, but he emphasized holding them in different grips and feeling their weight in different ways, and using...
  7. 6) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    6) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 3 Sensei told me about a monk that came to Okinawa to pray for the restoration of its pristine waters and landscape. He was around the island for 6-8 years and Sensei would see him around the same place all the time. Finally he approached him and asked "what's the purpose of meditation...
  8. 5) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    5) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Week 2 Classes continue, and the kids have been coming every day to practice with me. After kihon, we'd do kata, then maybe some kobudo. So far I've gone along for Pinan shodan, Pinan nidan, and Passai sho. I've followed along with Naihanchi and Chinto but don't feel too comfortable with them...
  9. 4) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    4) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    This article was written for posterity and translated for Akamine sensei. It was posted to the Matsumura Seito Karate-do Hozonkai homepage. September 13, 2019 / Friday It’s important to know that there are peaceful moves in the kata; the beginning of kusanku is raising your hands in apology, to...
  10. 3) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    3) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    This article was originally posted to The Matsumura Seito Karate-do Hozonkai Homepage. September 12, 2019 / Thursday Well, today is my birthday. I should probably do something to celebrate. Work and train like normal? Sure why not. The ride into the dojo has been getting quicker, I'm down to...
  11. 2) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    2) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    September 11, 2019 / Wednesday I arrived a little early and Akamine Sensei showed me some of his photos. Some were of his students that visited, some of himself and Soken Sensei, including a photo of Sensei when he came to Akamine's wedding; clearly the men shared a deep bond and Akamine Sensei...
  12. 1) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    1) Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019

    Karate Training with Akamine Sensei - Okinawa 2019 Below are my notes from a month of training with Shihan Yoshimatsu Akamine, a direct student of Sensei Hohan Soken and head of the Shorinryu Matsumura Seito Karate-do Hozon-kai Honbu. September 10 to October 5, 2019. I hope they prove to be of...
  13. Jessman

    Propaganda leaflet

    Hello all, I recently posted about my Good Luck flag on this forum and got fantastic responses, and I learned quite a bit of information. Now, I'm back with another piece of history that I have a question about. I have a propaganda leaflet that was dropped on Okinawa during the invasion in early...
  14. thomas

    Travel News Shuri Castle in Okinawa destroyed in blaze

    This s very sad news. For reasons still unknown, Shuri Castle (首里城), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured but the buildings and the artefacts they contained were reduced to ashes...
  15. Okinawa Sunset

    Okinawa Sunset

    Not every sunset in Okinawa is perfect, sometimes you can't even see them such as on rainy days and with hazy skies. Nonetheless, they are always unique, especially from where you happen to be when it occurs. It's even better when you spend those final moments with someone else too.
  16. Coca-Cola & Shisa

    Coca-Cola & Shisa

    A picture of neatly placed Coca-Cola cans next to a shisa, taken a day prior to the release of Okinawa's release of the Slim bottle. This may be odd to most in Mainland, but the 47th prefecture is often overlooked and it was a great day to finally have some corporate representation equal to others.
  17. C

    Question Have a Favorite Online Japanese Store?

    Does anyone buy Japanese things online? If so, do you have a favorite store? Preferred Japanese type of product? Anything annoying about buying from Japan-based online stores? I have an online Japanese store based in Okinawa: Home Page ~ Kenko Leaf Shop I am trying to improve it. This is...
  18. C

    Looking for Bloggers or Japanese Stuff Lovers!

    I am running a Japanese goods website, specifically Okinawan goods only. Anything made with Okinawan ingredients or design is sold on my website. Every month new products are added and makeup/scarves/accessories are next up. I am looking for bloggers about Japan or people who just love Japanese...
  19. Okinawa: The History of an Island People

    History Okinawa: The History of an Island People

    Okinawa: The History of an Island People is the definitive book available in English on the history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and an influential scholarly work in the field of Japanese studies. The histories of Japan, Okinawa, and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined...
  20. C

    Looking for my sister in Okinawa

    hello my name is Cecily Davis I’m looking for a sister that was born in Japan in the early 80’s possibly January 1. Her mother name is mayumi toyozato our dad name is George Davis they met while he was stationed there in the service please help!
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