Karate Hall Opens in Okinawa (News)
Tomigusuku, Okinawa Pref., March 4 (Jiji Press)—Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday celebrated the completion of a hall set up to preserve karate as traditional culture and showcase the attraction of the martial arts said to have originated in the southernmost prefecture.
The Okinawa Karate Kaikan hall in Tomigusuku is "a facility that will serve as a base to preserve, inherit, and develop karate," Okinawa Governor Onaga Takeshi told a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the hall.
"Karate practitioners from around the world will come to Okinawa for deeper exchanges," Onaga also said.
The hall was built as part of a prefectural project that marked the fortieth anniversary of its return to Japan from the United States in 1972.
The new facility has rooms for training, competitions, and the exhibition of karate history, as well as an eating space. It will also be used to promote tourism, with the number of karate practitioners and fans in the world estimated at 100 million or more.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]