March 28, 2017 AM 03:19
This site “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau” was first part of the “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau Construction Project” that was selected by the Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) as an “Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Arts Promotion – Industry Creation Support Project”. It was opened in November 2011 and was first managed by the Okinawa Traditional Karate Networking Executive Committee, which changed its name for “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau” in July 2012, .
The creation of this website follows the results of investigations aiming at the further development of Okinawan karate and the promotion of related industries enforced by the Okinawa Prefecture Government and the Okinawa General Bureau*. Based on private-sector vitality, it aims at constructing a comprehensive point of contact for Okinawa traditional karate.
The many masters, dojo and organizations of Okinawan Traditional Karate are the sources of Okinawan Traditional Karate brand value. Today, many people wish to encounter or rediscover Okinawan karate. Without interfering with already established networks but acting as a connecting entity between world karate enthusiasts and local Okinawan karate circles, we wish to support those interested in Okinawan karate while creating a world level human network.
* Okinawa Prefecture sponsored “Okinawa Karate Exchange Promotion Project” (2004) & Okinawa General Bureau sponsored “Okinawa Sense – Culture related Industry Research Committee” (2010)
This site is part of the “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau Construction Project” that was selected by the Okinawa Prefecture Government as an “Heisei 23 do* Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Arts Promotion – Industry Creation Support Project”.
This official support project aims at preserving and developing the traditional culture and arts of Okinawa while supporting the nurturing of the next generations of bearers. Meanwhile, the OPG believes that the many facets of Okinawan culture and society are marvelous cultural assets of high potential in the field of tourism. The OPG wishes to develop new cultural industries while raising capable human resources that will positively act on regional revitalization and tourism promotion of the overall prefecture.
Through financial support, this project aims at supporting traditional performing arts, folk arts, traditional events and festivals and the likes as well as the people and bearers who work on keeping this culture stay alive. (Translated from OPG documents)
* Heisei 23 do means the Japanese fiscal year going from April 2011to March 2012
Logo mark of the “Heisei 23 do Okinawa Prefecture Culture and Arts Promotion – Industry Creation Support Project”