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Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The 33rd All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo) held its award ceremony April 24 at the JTA Dome Miyakojima. The ceremony featured first time champion Cameron Brown (New Zealand) and women’s race champion Naomi Washizu (formerly Naomi Imaizu, Kanagawa), who won for the third time since 2008. The top ten finishers overall as well as the top three finishers from each age group in the men’s and women’s...

 

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa International Karate Tournament executive committee, which plans to host the 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament in August 2018, held its second general meeting in Naha City on April 19.
The tournament will be held in kata category’s...

Dawn of new era of Okinawa Karate, celebrated by 700 people with opening of new facility

Dawn of new era of Okinawa Karate, celebrated by 700 people with opening of new facility

March 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hailed as the home of karate in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, The Okinawa Karate Kaikan opened March 4 at the Tomigusuku Castle Ruins Park in Tomigusuku. Around 700 people including members of the karate community from both Japan and abroad, and people from...

Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

March 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The highly-anticipated inauguration of Okinawa Karatekaikan was held on March 5. With the building open to the public, Karate groups showcased their exercises. Those who visited the building said they were happy to see it completed.

Kazuhiko Shimoji of Shorinryu...

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On February 19 in the morning 35-year-old Irish national Thomas Frazer, who currently lives in Uruma City, won the men’s division of the full marathon with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Thirty-two-year-old Eri Suzuki from Akita...

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

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...

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament will be held in August of 2018 to both solidify Okinawa’s status as the birthplace of Karate, and also to give practitioners and enthusiasts a place to interact. Related to the commemoration of the opening of the...

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

November 25, 2016 Wakana Hanmine of Ryukyu Shimpo

An unexpected bond between three generations of masters and an apprentice has resulted in a karate champion. Aika Arakaki is a 23-year-old who is deaf and practices karate while working at a confectionery factory in Naha. In October, she won...

Japan wins the Men’s Team Kata at the Karate World Championships

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura from Ryueiryu-Ryuhoukai defeated France 5-0 in the championship round of the team Kata to win the first gold medal for Japan since two competitions ago on October 30, the final day of the Karate World Championships held...

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

October 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Karate Guinness World Record was attempted at the “Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival,” on Kokusai Street in Naha, October 23. A simultaneous demonstration of 3973 people was formally recognized by adjudicators, setting a new Guinness World Record....

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

September 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the debate over deployment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki City, a rally march and citizens’ gathering were held on September 29 in protest of the city assembly’s passing of a resolution to request the deployment.

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