Suparinpei kata demonstrated by a French karateka
Many sensei from different ryu-ha and dojo attended the event to commemorate Eiichi Miyazato sensei. From Shorin-ryu, Minoru Higa, Zenpo Shimabukuro, Hiroshi Akamine, and Makoto Gibu sensei's were there; and from Goju-ryu, Meitatsu Yagi, Kiichi Nakamoto, and Yoshio Kuba sensei's were in the room too. I'm not sure if every visitor realised the caliber of karateka they were mingling with, but for me it made for an exciting evening.
|Canadian students perform sanseiryu kata|
|Mancusco sensei (centre)|
|L - R: Tsunao Kinjo sensei, Yurio Nakada sensei, Miguel da Luz|
When you have a party in Okinawa, or anywhere in Japan for that matter, it's not too long before the singing starts; and soon enough representatives from each country took to the stage to perform songs that were, in truth, best heard drunk....they sound better that way! Nevertheless, everyone had a great time letting their hair down and bringing the 'formal' event of the seminars to a close. I left early, my party-animal days long since past, but I walked back to my lodgings grateful to the countless people who had worked behind the scenes to make the seminar, and the evening, possible.