Author Archives: Andreas Quast

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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The gloriously sparkling Tenmoku-style teabowl

Japanese ceramic artist Hayashi Kyōsuke 林恭助 is one of the few people worldwide who succeeded in recreating what is called a Yōhen Tenmoku teabowl (Yōhen Tenmoku Chawan 曜變変天目茶碗) in Japan, or Jian teabowl (Jian zhan 建盞) in China. This refers … Continue reading

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Karate no omoide (My Memories of Karate)

The article “Karate no omoide” (My Memories of Karate) is a primary source about Kyan Chōtoku’s life and his relation to karate. The article was published on 1942-05-07 in the Okinawa Shinpō Newspaper. The Okinawa Shinpō was a result of the … Continue reading

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Nakaima Kenkō on ‘dō’ and ‘jutsu’

In the Japanese martial arts there is a rough categorization into martial technique (jutsu) and martial sport (dō). The difference, in a nutshell, is that the dō-variants like kendō, judō, karatedō etc. serve an educational ideal. This might be seen … Continue reading

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Bushi Matsumora – The Novel

Previously I wrote about Bushi Matsumora – The Movie. Today it is “Bushi Matsumora – The Novel”. The heroic tales of Matsumora Kōsaku were written down in the novel “Bushi Matsumora” (武士松茂良) by Matsumora Kōnin 松茂良興仁 (pen-name Matsumura Takesaburō 松村竹三郎). … Continue reading

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Martial Artists of Ryūkyū – A Legacy by Motobu Choki

By Motobu Chōki (auth.), translated with commentary by Andreas Quast Choki was born into the Motobu Udun – descendants of a royal prince – and raised as a traditional Okinawan bushi. After a long warrior pilgrimage, in which he put … Continue reading

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1960 – Okinawa Kenpō

The following text is the translation of an Okinawan newspaper article from 1960. This article is about the establishment of the Okinawa Regional Headquarters of the Zen Nihon Karate-dō Renmei (JKF). In the article it is clearly stated that — until … Continue reading

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8. Generation Gima Pēchin Shinji 儀間親雲上眞時

Names and DOB Childhood name: Shinshi眞市 Chinese-style name: Ma Sagen 麻作愿 Born: as the firstborn son, 1612 (?) -01-05 Family Father: Shinshi 眞之 Mother: Magami 眞龜 of the Kin-clan 金氏 Wife: Mamichi 眞滿, daughter of Kuniyoshi Pēchin Shinshun 國吉親雲上眞春 of the Sa-clan 査氏 … Continue reading

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