Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

On July 5 in Naha City, Representative James Pankiewicz (right) and marketing manager Sanae Nadoyama from CHALLENGE Okinawa, and president Yuko Onaga from Ryukyu Piras co-released products including the karate shima shirt.


July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

CHALLENGE Okinawa, which specializes in karate-related products and event production, together with T-shirt designing and production company Ryukyu Piras, have created an Okinawan karate-themed shirt. Shirts are being released in a limited quantity. The creators are promoting sales not only domestically but also internationally. All new products are parts of the “OKINAWA DOJO OF LIFE” brand collection. There are five types of karate shima (island) shirts. The suggested retail price for them is 11,000 yen (excluding tax). There are four types of T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, and hoodies. The products are sold at Ryukyu Piras Ukishimadori shop, Mihama Depot Island shop, and DOJO Bar, which is managed by CHALLENGE Okinawa.

On July 5 at the Okinawa General Bureau in Naha City, the two companies held a presentation of the new products. A representative of CHALLENGE Okinawa James Pankiewicz said, “All processes from the design to the sewing of the new products are done in Okinawa. We hope the shirts will be worn not only by karate practitioners but also by others like tourists.”

In 2011, CHALLENGE Okinawa opened an international karate bar or the DOJO Bar. While they have already been selling original shirts at the bar, they created a brand to diversify their products.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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