- HOSHINOYA Okinawa
"Ryukyu Karate Stay" at HOSHINOYA Okinawa
- HOSHINOYA Okinawa
At HOSHINOYA Okinawa, the “Ryukyu Karate Stay” experience will be available from September 1 to November 30, 2021. Ryukyu karate originated in Okinawa, is a self-defense technique and martial art that has been refined as a means of self-improvement. The program aims to share the art of Ryukyu karate so that guests can experience a moment of self-reflection through its actions and knowledge. It includes practicing and gaining knowledge of Ryukyu karate and Zen meditation at the Activity Studio of the property, loosening of the muscles through shiatsu massage treatments and resting with a drink of awamori (Okinawa rice alcohol). A full package that involves the mind and the body to guide guests to a comfortable yet active stay.
*Ryukyu karate is a type of Okinawan martial arts and the predecessor of current karate.
Karate is a martial art, which originated from Okinawa. The ancient Okinawan martial art called “Tee” combined with Chinese martial arts and became the basis of current karate. Ryukyu karate did not originally involve the idea of having matches because it was a self-defense technique and means of self-improvement. It is said that the purpose of Ryukyu karate training is for self-improvement and that you are responsible for facing your own self. This program was developed based on the idea that learning the spirit of Ryukyu karate will lead to opportunities for modern people with busy lives to spend time reflecting on themselves. By taking advantage of the Activity Studio on-site and the fact that mental and physical care can be provided, we aimed to create a program that can accommodate people of different skills and knowledge. Through the history of Ryukyu karate, born in Okinawa, we hope to bring guests a moment to feel a change in their hearts and peacefulness.
Characteristics of Ryukyu Karate Stay
1)Learning the knowledge of Ryukyu karate at the Activity Studio
Ryukyu karate is practiced during the day at the Activity Studio on-site or generally known as the dojo in Japanese, a term for a hall specific for practicing martial arts. The instructors are experts from the “Kamiji-Ryu Karate Doken Yukai,” which owns a dojo in Yomitan, Okinawa. The session will not only be time used to move the body but it will also be time to learn the history and the mindset of Ryukyu karate. The purpose of the session is not to master the technique so beginners can also enjoy it. Starting with the basic forms, the sessions will gradually involve intermediate movements as well. On the last day, to wrap up the stay program, guests will challenge themselves to break a wooden board using the techniques they have learned.
2)Zen meditation through movement for a moment of self-reflection
In the past, masters of Ryukyu karate did not show off their strength to others and practiced diligently by avoiding others, hiding in the dark. Our program provides sessions of dozen meditation after dark through the reflection of movements practiced during the day. Dozen meditation is a coined word that refers to the meditation method of facing oneself through the actions of martial arts, as opposed to zazen, meditation while sitting. Meditation is practiced by repeating the movements/forms of Ryukyu karate without thinking. After meditation, guests can warm their bodies with Kwanso tea, which is said to enhance the quality of sleep.
3)Balancing with Shiatsu massage treatments and resting with a drink of awamori
Between Ryukyu karate sessions, the body will be prepared with Shiatsu massage treatments, a traditional technique originating from Japan on the basis of oriental medicine. Guests can loosen the tension in their minds or the body, for the treatment will be done in the guest rooms. In addition, each guest room is equipped with awamori, rice alcohol of Okinawa, and can be enjoyed using a ceramic sake cup and flask, unique to Okinawa. Since ancient times, Ryukyu karate and awamori have been related to each other because karate practitioners and masters have enjoyed it. Guests can spend quality time in their room with a cup of awamori in hand, whilst gazing into a panoramic view of the ocean.
“Ryukyu Karate Stay” at a glance
Time Period: September 1 – November 30, 2021
Length of Stay: 2 nights and 3 days
Price: 84,300 JPY per person (includes tax and service charge) *excludes accommodation fee
Program Includes: 3 training sessions of Ryukyu karate, 2 dozen meditations, 1 shiatsu massage treatment, Awamori drink
Number of persons: 1 group of a maximum of 2 people per day
Reservation: Required at least 2 weeks in advance
・Contents of the program may be subject to change depending on the weather.
Address: 474 Gima, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa, 904-0327
Number of Rooms: 100
Check-in: 3:00 pm/Check-out: 12:00 pm
Price: 132,000 JPY per night per room (includes tax and service charge, excludes meals)
Directions: Approximately 1 hour by car from Naha Airport
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