Tag Archives: Uekata

Tunchi (Okinawa)

(from Japanese Wikipedia, translation by Andreas Quast) Tunchi is a honorary title referring to the Uēkata families from among the Ryūkyū samurē class (shizoku) who are in the position of a sōjitō (estate steward-general). In a broader sense, it is … Continue reading

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Wanshū, Wansu, and Wang Ji

The Tsūkō Ichiran (Survey of Foreign Relations, 1853) extensively reports on Ryūkyū. It notes on the first Edo-nobori (embassies to Edo) that took place in 1634. At that time King Shō Hō dispatched prince Kin Ōji Chōtei as a gratitude … Continue reading

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Nakahara Zenshu: Character and Weapons of the Ryukyu Kingdom (3)

Recently I cited a statement from the latest version of Okinawa Karate News on Facebook. It said, “Okinawa should appeal to the world that karate is not a fighting martial art but the culture of Okinawa”. Naturally, the statement received … Continue reading

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