O Sensei Shimabukuro's 92nd Birthday
April 19th, 2017
On April 19th, 2017 O Sensei Shimabukuro celebrated his 92nd birthday.
Mary Margaret Graham and I traveled to Okinawa to pay our respects and wish O Sensei a very happy birthday.
To celebration this occasion O Sensei's family organized a demonstration of karate, kobudo, music and dance.
Several of O Sensei's children are well-known and talented teachers of karate and traditional Okinawan dance
and music. Mary Margaret Graham, O Sensei's great granddaughter, Ayaka and myself, performed a demonstration
of karate. Eiko Shimabukuro, O Sensei's eldest son, demonstrated kobudo and played several songs on his
harmonica. Ritsuko Shibahiki, O Sensei's second eldest daughter, performed several songs and dances much
to everyone's delight.
O Sensei Shimabukuro thoroughly enjoyed his birthday celebration and we wish him continued good health as he goes
into his 93rd year.
- Sheree Adams
(Top photo - Ritsuko Shibahiki)
(The bottom photo - Sheree Adams
and Mary Margaret Graham)
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