May 6th, 2016
Reporter Paul Alphonce
Shurijo castle is a World Heritage site. Okinawa flourished as the independent Ryukyu Kingdom for 450 years from 1429 and Shurijo castle was its heart. The Ryuku Kingdom gave birth to karate.
Experiencing karate in a karate dojo hall in Okinawa. The most important spirit of Okinawan karate is never to attack first.
Paul with Mr. Zenpo Shimabukuro, a 10th-dan karateka with more than 60 years’ experience in the martial art.
The Dojo bar draws in karate fans from all over the world.
The bar’s British owner, James Pankiewicz. He came to Japan seven years ago and was drawn to Okinawan karate.
The walls are covered with messages left by customers from all over the world.
It takes two and a half hours to fly from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Naha Airport. Shuri, the closest station to the Shurijo castle, is about thirty minutes by monorail from there.