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Nagamine Shoshin and the apparently two first postwar articles written on Karate/Kobudo

In the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shinpō, in 1950 an article appeared on Funakoshi, titled: “Karate – Funakoshi Gichin Okina – Defeating a cow: secret training under cover of night.” In the post-war era in Okinawa itself it also took a … Continue reading

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Arakaki Ankichi (1899-1929) – budoka, businessman, artist

his article describes the life and impact of Arakaki Ankichi (1899-1929). Ultimately it aims at determining the meaning of a hanging scroll bearing a poem and a depiction he created in 1928. It took me nearly seven years – more … Continue reading

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A Snippet on Matsumura Sokon and the Jigen-ryu Menkyo Kaiden

Source: Sakuda Shigeru: Karate Meijin Retsuden (Biographies of Great Karate Masters), Naha 1987. pp. 8-9, 100. n early 1953 Sakuda Shigeru worked as a journalist for the Okinawa Asahi Shinbun newspaper company. The company president at the time was the … Continue reading

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f you happen to be around Okinawa at the time and interested in the history of Karate and Kobudō and speak Japanese…  you might want to go to the Prefectural Museum and Art Gallery in Naha Omoromachi. Matsumura Sōkon, the … Continue reading

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A hero for one, a traitor for others

ithin the unpopular history of an island’s people, there are countless historical facts on treason and betrayal in Okinawa on account of base motives. There are always two sides to a story, and least you’re an attourney general, one’s personal perspective … Continue reading

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