Category Archives: Wikipedia JP

Visiting gods – Incidents related to Shima society

Closely related to the customs of traditional young men’s groups and their lodgings are various village festivals found all over Okinawa. For instance, there is the tradition of the “visiting gods” called raihoshin, or “joy-bringing spirits from the divine realms” … Continue reading

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Itoman Group Murder Case – Incidents related to Shima society

The Itoman Group Murder Case was a lynch murder case that occurred on February 10, 1967 in Itoman in Okinawa. At midnight on February 10, 1967, a group ambushed the victim (age 40) who had returned from a New Year’s … Continue reading

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Incidents related to the Shima society – Sanshi Incident

I have written about this before in my Karate 1.0 from 2013. Here I will expand about it. The Sanshi Incident was a murder case of a prefectural official in Okinawa Prefecture in the early Meiji period. The name of … Continue reading

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Shima society

Shima society (shima shakai) is a term that describes local communities in Okinawa Prefecture and the Amami Islands. It corresponds to village society (mura shakai) or insular mentality or provinciality (shimaguni konjō) on the mainland. Shima in old Japanese language … Continue reading

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Kensei

Kensei refers to a kendō practitioner who was called “Saint of the Sword” (kensei 剣聖) during the Shōwa period (1926–1989). However, it is not an official title established by the Dai Nippon Butokukai or the All Japan Kendo Federation. It … Continue reading

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The Mother of All Enbu Taikai

Expressions such aus budōsai, enbukai, enbu taikai etc. are regularly seen in Okinawa karate and kobudo today. They are derivates of an original terminology used in 1895 at what is now known as Kyōto Meet. Okinawans were dispatched to the … Continue reading

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Lax Character, Lifestyle, Superpower: What is Tēgē テーゲー?

I recently spoke with an expert about the Japan-Okinawa relationship, and why Japanese budōka sometimes despise Okinawa. As a possible reason was quoted the generally lax character of the Okinawans, which is ridiculed as tēgē (テーゲー = lax character) or … Continue reading

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The First Footprint of Modern Karate

In 2021, a list of “100 Footprints of Modern Karate” were published in the Okinawa Times. Footprint Number 1 refers to December 1, 1890, when Yabu Kentsū, Hanashiro Chōmo, Gabu Masae, Kudeken Kenyū and others volunteered to join the Imperial … Continue reading

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Torite (overview)

Torite is a classical martial art to capture an enemy with bare hands without killing him. Depending on the respective school, auxiliary weapons are used to make the arrest, such as the mitsu-dōgu (three pole weapons for catching criminals), the … Continue reading

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Tsuboi Gendō (1852-1922) – Physical education scholar of the Meiji era and Japan’s first physical exercises teacher

Tsuboi was born in Onikoshi, Katsushika District, Shimosa Province (today’s Ichikawa City in Chiba prefecture) as the second son of a farmer. In 1866, he entered the Kaiseijo of the Edo shogunate to study English. The Kaiseijo was an institution … Continue reading

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