Images of the new Karate Kaikan at the old Tomigusuku Castle grounds were released late last month. The large structure is to be the new headquarters for Karate and Kobudo associations to work together. Plans are to include a a dojo to hold 400 people, a karate and kobudo museum, as well as administration offices.
As with many proposed building developments, the date to break ground has been delayed from the previous speculations. The latest date is November 2014 with a grand opening date of March 2016.
The martial arts in Okinawa has had a positive impact on it’s economy as well as it culture. This building is an exciting development for Japan’s poorest prefecture.