It is well know that the old masters of Karate and Kobudo were often skilled in both the fine arts and the martial arts. As I have written before, this concept is known as “Bun Bu Ryo Do” in Japanese.
In Western terms, we would say that they practised both the “pen and the sword”, so to speak.
For example (when they weren’t busy kicking and punching each other) they often composed poems, wrote calligraphy, painted or played music. Even Taira Shinken, the famous Kobudo pioneer was a professional Sanshin-player, and apparently a good one!
Now, I can’t claim to be a good poet, calligrapher, artist or even musician (though I have a Sanshin!), but if there is one thing I can do, when it comes to art, then it has to be photography. At least if you count taking lousy photos and editing them with the computer as art!
So, today I thought I would post a few of my favourite photos I took in Okinawa, “the birthplace of Karate”.
One picture says more than a thousand words right? Let’s see… 7 pictures x 1000 words…
This has to be my longest post ever!
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1. Shurijo (Shuri Castle)
2.Waterfall in Kume Village (Fukushuen Kouen)
3. 10’000 Men Eisaa Festival (Kokusai Dori)
4. Tokashiki Island (Tokashiki Beach)
5. Shurijo (Shuri Castle)
6. Shiisa on Rooftop (Shuri, Torihori)
7. Waterfall with Secret Cave (Fukushuen Kouen)