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fujimoto bookA new book by Keisuke Fujimoto Sensei, chairman of the Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association (Tokyo Shibu), is now available in English. The name of the book is "The Untold Story of Kanbun Uechi" and describes the life, times, and personality of Kanbun Uechi, as well as the origins and history of Uechi-ryu. Inside the 175 pages of this book, Fujimoto Sensei, as he claims, does not aim to authenticate or disprove any existing other works, but simply to satisfy his own curiosity and present the subsequent findings. We are looking forward to receiving a copy of the book, go through its contents and get an insight in many aspects of the life of Master Uechi Kanbun.

For more information, you can visit: http://www.okikukai.jp/English/index.htm 



okinawa day 2017The annual Okinawa Day 2017 has been announced for this June. The event was firstly launched in 2009 and this is the 9th time that will be organized by the London Okinawa Sanshinkai. This exceptional cultural organizing will include Okinawan folk music, Okinawan Karate and Kobudo demonstrations, dancing workshops and much more! The event will be held on Saturday 24th June 2017, at Spitalfields, London E1 and the admission is Free.

See the event's official website and facebook page here: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsanshin/okinawa-day
...and here: https://www.facebook.com/okinawadayinlondon/


kanbunsenseiThe 4th Sōke Uechi Sadanao Sensei has started the project of raising funds to build a statue of the founder of Uechi-Ryu Uechi Kanbun in Yaedake Sakura no Mori, Cherry Blossom Park, in Motobu Town. This is the birthplace of Uechi Kanbun sensei. The estimated construction cost is: 9,000,000 yen (statue and pedestal) and the executive committee led by Uechi Sadanao Sensei is collecting donations in order to support it. The size of the statue will approximatelly be 1.8 meters (almost 3 meters including the pedestal). The unveiling ceremony is planned on Sunday, 29th of October 2017.

All the dojo members of any Okinawan organization are welcome to contact their headquarters directly for further details on how to support the project. 

For individuals, donations are accepted from 100,000 yen. For this, an inscription will be inscribed on the monument. Payments should be sent to The Bank of the Ryukyus – SWIFT code: RYUBJPJZ – Bank code: 0187 – Futenma branch – Account number: 655272 – Account holder: Uechi Sadanao

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Contact: uechiryu2017[at]gmail.com


Source: Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau

uni of hawaii okinawa collection

Recently we came through this page: http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/okinawa/digital_archives.html
hich includes a great collection of old books, historical manuscripts and printed material about Okinawa.

The collection includes:
- The Sakamaki Hawley Collection including five scrolls and two books.
- The Hawaii Karate Muesum including more than 40 books and journals in digitaized format.
- Other collections including images and documents about Okinawa.
We thought you would find it interesting! 

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