Okinawa Trip

OKINAWA TRIP 5: KATSUREN CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger   Next, we were off to Katsuren Castle.  Here is a model of the whole thing, with an artist’s rendition of the buildings.  It was a bit of a drive to the east side of the island.  We drove past the bay where the Battle of Okinawa started.  Across the street from…

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OKINAWA TRIP 4: KARATE MUSEUM DOJO

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger The next morning, we went to the Karate Museum, run by Hokama Sensei.  Here are some shots of the exterior.  I accidentally erased the pics from my camera, and am grateful to everyone who shared these photos! We were impressed by Hokama Sensei’s beautiful traditional dojo.  It was tidy, had all the…

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OKINAWA TRIP 3: TOMBS, TREES AND SOBA NOODLES

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We visited the tomb of Uni Ufugushiku on the next part of our first full day in Okinawa.  Thanks to whoever took and shared this pic, you can see the main trail up the hill.  Chibana Castle is at the top.  On the way to the parking lot, we passed an abandoned…

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OKINAWA TRIP 2: KATA IN THE SAND

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On our first morning, our group of almost 20 karateka went to the beach, which helped alleviate a little bit of the humidity and heat.  But this was not to be a day of rest, as we had planned.  This was to be a grueling day of kata.  We were on camera…

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Okinawa Trip 1: We Have Landed

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Welcome to my first blog in which I invite you to look back with me at our trip to Okinawa in the summer of 2015.  The way I see it, you get the best opportunity to live vicariously through me and see the sights without the jet lag or the stress of traveling…

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