Author Archives: Andreas Quast

Quicky on Shiko

In Karate there is a stance called Shiko-dachi 四股立ち. Shiko-dachi is a modern Japanese term from the sphere of “developing a standardized Karate terminology”, i.e. earliest from about the latter part of the 1st  half of the 20th century, more likely from about … Continue reading

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Okinawa’s original dōjō

Previously I wrote about Okinawa’s earliest forms of community organization called Makyo. The article received only very few likes and seriously I don’t have any clue as to why this is so. Because the most important part of the article … Continue reading

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NEUERSCHEINUNG: Studien zur Kampfkunst in Japan. Band 1.

Bunbu Forschungskreis: Studien zur Kampfkunst in Japan. Band 1. Augsburg/Tōkyō 2017. Im umfangreichen Schrifttum zur Theorie, Philosophie und Ethik der vormodernen Kampfkünste Japans ist der Ausdruck bunbu-ryodo, verstanden im Sinne „einer gemeinsamen kulturellen, moralischen und kämpferischen Schulung“, häufig anzutreffen. In … Continue reading

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Online Exhibition: Order of the Rising Sun

Photo: Certificate and “Two-colored Order of the Rising Sun”, Knight 1st Class (Kyokujitsu sōkōshō 旭日双光章) Awarded: in the name of the Japanese Emperor Recipient: Nagamine Shōshin Date: April 29, 1982. Photo: Andreas Quast Photo Date: May 23, 2009. Location: Kōdōkan Nagamine Dōjō, headquarter … Continue reading

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Kinjō Hiroshi: From karate 唐手 to karate 空手 – Introduction

More than one century has passed since the creation of karate 唐手 in 1905. About seventy-five years ago, in 1936, karate 唐手 was renamed to karate 空手. Since I have had made karate 唐手 my life-task in 1926, about eighty-five years … Continue reading

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The techniques of Chinen Masami’s Yamani-ryū

Chinen Masami 知念正実 (1898–1976) was an Okinawan bōjutsu expert. He taught privately at his home in Shuri Tōbaru, Okinawa. He named his style Yamani-ryū 山根流 after his grandfather Chinen Sanrā 知念三良 (1842–1925). In a newspaper article from 1918 Sanrā was … Continue reading

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‘nchi means tī 手

As I noted earlier and in fact already back in 2005, the honorific term for tī  手 (ティー) in the Okinawan language was ‘nchi ンチ. Now, usually the syllables of Naihanchi have always and unanimously been considered to be Nai|han|chi. But what if it is Nai|ha|‘nchi? … Continue reading

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空手は「martial art」「martial sport」「martial science」ではない。「martial system」です。

Karate is no supralevel. It is a subspecies, but of what? Of art, sport, or science, or all of it? Actually, both consumers and providers claim that everyone is free to use it in whatever way you like. For example, … Continue reading

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Aware 哀れ

Aware 哀れ gilt als eines der wichtigen literarisch-ästhetischen Konzepte des Schrifttums der Heian-Zeit (794–1185). Es beschreibt eine aus tiefster Seele empfundene ästhetische Stimmung der Wehmut über die Erkenntnis der Fragilität und Vergänglichkeit des Lebens. Der Begriff erscheint in verschiedenen Formen an zahllosen … Continue reading

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Über einen japanischen Sinn für Ästhetik und dessen Gestaltungsprinzipien

Über einen ästhetischen Sinn der Japaner (biishiki 美意識) zu sprechen, macht nur Sinn, wenn man sowohl die klassische wie auch die moderne Perspektive berücksichtigt. Denn mit der Einführung westlichen Denkens in Japan ab der frühen Meiji-Zeit (1868–1912) erfuhren auch die … Continue reading

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