Okinawa Karate: The Exquisite Art

Okinawa Karate: The Exquisite Art
Two comments are made when people see this book. One is that it must have been expensive to produce a book of this quality in English and Japanese. They are most surprised, however, by the scope of the photographs and their quality. Having been accustomed to viewing the same handful of low quality images, they are amazed by the scope of the photos and their quality. This is because many of them were on loan from the families of famous karate pioneers and so we were able to make high resolution scans of original photos, and the quality is amazing!

The first edition of this beautiful volume was distributed directly to karate dojo, libraries and universities on the island of Okinawa and widely praised throughout the karate community there. The pedigree of this volume is in no doubt. The book design was inspired by the “Golden Ratio,” referred to as the “sectio aurea” by Leonardo Da Vinci, classical proportions that date back to the design of the Gutenberg Bible in the 1450s. The text was created over a decade of study by a group of Japanese, European and American experts, all of whom are highly respected, widely published, and viewed as the very best karate historians in the world. Editorial supervision came from an expert appointed by the Government of Okinawa who is a Professor Emeritus of the International University, and also taught at Stanford University in California. He is also a very highly ranked karate instructor. This limited collectors' edition was printed and bound using the finest materials by Ikemiya Shokai, one of the oldest presses in Okinawa. and one with close karate ties.

This book is a limited edition collectors’ volume printed on actual archival quality paper with no “show through.” It has the foreword, preface, full text, endnotes and historical references in English and Japanese produced by professional translators with a profound knowledge of the subject. Hardbound and supplied in a library slipcase, it is as beautiful as it is illuminating and enjoyable. The book’s overall production quality and the historical images it contains sets “Exquisite Art” in a class of its own!

A unique volume that will both fascinate and inspire the genuine karate enthusiast!

Editor-CFA Magazine

The Book and Its Contents.

A consortium of karate historians and researchers on four continents were responsible for the text which was produced under the editorial supervision of a highly respected Okinawan university professor and karate master. This new hardback edition is printed in Okinawa, has 210 pages in international A4 size (8.27” x 11.69”), and is presented in both English and Japanese languages. The quality of the historical photos it features is remarkable, many having been produced from originals provided by the families of the karate pioneers they depict, solely for use in this book.
This is a collectors’ edition that, like all such books from this publisher, will increase in value and collectibility as time passes. There are only a very limited number of copies left so if you want to enjoy reading the real history of karate, and add to the value of your book collection, please do not hesitate!

If you have ever wondered about the origins of your style, or wish to take your knowledge of karate to a higher level, you need a copy of this beautiful hardbound, cased, collectors edition.  Quantities are so limited that it will only be available in North America from Dragon Associates Inc. at  $89.00 per copy.

The first issue of this remarkable book was published to commemorate the new Karate Kaikan, the $60,000,000 headquarters of karate in Okinawa. Due to its cultural value, it was distributed directly to karate dojo, libraries and universities in Okinawa by the Prefectural Government. Many of the photos appear here for the first time. They are digitally enhanced images created from original photos provided by the families of the many karate pioneers depicted in this volume. They were reproduced by high definition scanning using equipment from Nikon and Zeiss, then painstakingly retouched by specialists using the latest digital technology. As a result, the book exudes authenticity. For example, the full-colour endpapers are high definition copies of original woodblock prints from 1879 depicting a market scene in Okinawa. This allowed the mainland Japanese to contrast their lifestyle with that of the newly created Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, the old Ryukyu Kingdom, that the Meiji Government had annexed in this period.

A great deal of new historical material was discovered as a result of the research for this landmark book including a 1939 documentary from which this short clip of a student of Chojun Miyagi performing kata was taken.

• 210 pages in international A4 size (8.27” x 11.69”) .

• Prologue by noted Chinese martial arts historian, Stanley Henning.

• Hundreds of endnote references in English and Japanese.

• Includes an Okinawan chronology from 1322 AD to the present.

• A limited, hardback and cased, collectors’ edition.

• Printed in both English and Japanese in the same volume.

• Presented on fine art paper with digitally restored historic images

• Includes many previously unpublished photographs.

This book was produced by Dragon-Ikemiya Joint Venture Associates (Okinawa) and printed by Ikemiya Shokai Ltd. one of Okinawa’s oldest and most respected publisher of high quality art books. From its design to the printed endpapers, it is an excellent example of the art of book publishing.