March 28, 2017 AM 03:23
The season 2011-2012 is definitely the year of karate in Okinawa. While the “Karate Kaikan” construction is one the main desires of the local karate community, many other projects are being run by various organizations. We at the “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau” believe that both hard (Karate Kaikan) and soft aspects should be developed simultaneously in order to better support karate. Cooperation and coordination is the only way to truly work and support karate in Okinawa. In this page, we introduce the various projects that are under way at the moment in Okinawa.
(Info is valid as of February 10. Also accept our apologies as many sites are in Japanese only.)
1. Coordination activities and goals of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau (Season 2011-2012)
This site (okkb.org) is 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. From the beginning of our activities, our members were driven by the strong desire to act continuously for karate. Accordingly, during its 3rd committee meeting held February 7, our organization decided to establish itself as a Non Profit Organization (NPO) by the middle of 2012. In that sense, we feel that it is important to connect and establish good relations with all the parties involved, may they be karate organizations or related project managing entities.
2. Other related projects funded by the Okinawa Prefecture Government
The “Karate hall (tentative name) preparation examination project”
One of the official goals of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai is to promote the construction of the “Okinawa Karate Kaikan”. Titled the “Karate hall (tentative name) preparation examination project”, this project was officially allowed 10 million on June 1, 2012 by the Prefecture. It is run by a joint venture team constituted by Kuniken, Okinawa Eizo Center and Dentsu Okinawa. A report should be submitted by the end of March 2012.
The “Karate business application model project”
With Murasaki Mura Theme Park as centerpiece, a joint venture team led by the park’s managing company Kukuru Resort Okinawa was selected to manage the project. Corporation karate seminars, karate and performing art show are among the many activities being developed throughout this project. More details on the project’s website.
Foreigner karate camp program
This project is part of the Prefecture sponsored “Genki Project (towards foreigners)” and is run by Okinawa Eizo Center. The scheme is to create a model tour that would promote karate and tourism. More details at the Genki Project official page.
3. Other projects linked to karate
Making the best use of traditional culture in Wellness & Tourism programs
Karate and wellness
This project is run by Ikehara Hideki sensei (Goju-ryu karate instructor) and relates to using karate in physical program for elders, in diet and health programs and the likes. More details at Ikehara sensei’s website.
The Kyan Chotoku house reconstruction project
Following the 2010 and 2011 symposiums organized by the non-karate group “Kyan Chotoku wo Shinobu kai”, an overall revitalization project for Kadena Town is underway based on the karate hero. More details at the C-SKY Project homepage.
Since 2008, Ryujin Mabuyer (pronounced Mabuyaa) is the hero of the Okinawan youth. Karate is very present in the series from the beginning. More at www.mabuyer.com
Okinawa cartoon MiRiKa
This animation related project emphasize on musical, Ryukyan dances and karate. Among the 3 characters born as heroines is Kei, a karate girl. More here or check on You Tube.