Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Okinawa Karate Kaikan getting ready for its opening on March 4

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in Okinawa announced the schedule of events for the opening of Okinawa Karate Kaikan on February 16. The kaikan will be open on March 4 in Tomigusuku City. There will be an inauguration ceremony and symposium on martial arts on March 4, as well as a performance ceremony and open-training day on March 5. Various events will take place at the kaikan to promote Okinawa as the birthplace of karate in and out of the country.

The ceremony on March 4 will be an exclusive event, while other events will be open to the public on March 5. The facility will be available for general use from March 6.

According to the prefectural office of karate promotion there has been a total of ten reservations made so far, with the bookings going up until September. In addition to the joint training among Shorin style Shito-kan members on March 6, there will be the 33rd prefectural karate-kobudo performance event on March 19 as well as the international karate exchange event on April 22.

The Okinawa Karate Kaikan consists of three major dojo training areas, an exhibition area, and a special training dojo area. There will also be a parking lot to accommodate one hundred vehicles and four tour buses at one time.

The prefecture will launch a free shuttle bus from the prefectural government building on March 5 from 9 a.m. to avoid traffic congestion due to the events on the day.

For more details on the events, contact the prefectural office of karate promotion at 098-866-2232.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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