In Japan, karate is a tradition that’s been fastidiously protected for hundreds of years, handed down by way of generations by native households and other people.
The martial artwork originated in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, a area of greater than 150 inhabited and uninhabited islands within the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. Okinawa is over 2,000 kilometers (1,300 miles) from the capital metropolis of Tokyo.
The roots of karate could be traced to the Ryukyu Kingdom, the place the elite class realized self-defense strategies as a type of schooling. Karate has since unfold all through the world and even debuted as an Olympic sport throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games—and it stays common amongst Okinawans of all ages.
“There are two phrases that categorical the spirit of karate: ‘There isn’t a first transfer in karate’ and ‘Do not let others hit you, do not hit others, and issues will end up all proper,’” mentioned Zenbo Shimabukuro, director of Shorin-ryu Seibukan, certainly one of Okinawa’s conventional karate colleges.
“In different phrases, karate is a martial artwork to guard oneself, to not assault the opponent, and it’s primarily based on the precept that everybody must be secure. These phrases categorical the spirit of the Okinawans, who’re generally known as folks of peace.”
Zenbo started studying karate from his father, Zenryo, when he was 9 years outdated—and has practiced karate constantly for the previous 70 years. His father was skilled by Kyan Chotoku, the good grasp of Okinawan karate, and devoted his life to the event of Okinawan karate.
Zenbo inherited his father’s teachings and has unfold the enchantment of karate throughout Okinawa, outdoors the prefecture, and overseas.
Zenbo Shimabukuro, director of Shorin-ryu Seibukan
Zenshun Shimabukuro, Shorin-ryu Seibukan teacher
However buying the gear for the karate college hasn’t at all times been straightforward for Zenbo or his son, Zenshun Shimabukuro, who’s a senior teacher (and likewise answerable for ordering the dojo’s protecting gear and follow gear).
“Karate gear is a particular form of gear, so sporting items shops do not normally have them. I used to order from a sporting items retailer on the mainland and have them ship it to me since lots of the objects weren’t accessible at my native sporting items retailer,” Zenshun mentioned.
Whereas looking for sandbags on-line in the future, Zenshun seen that Amazon.com was the primary web site to seem in his search outcomes, so he clicked on the hyperlink.
“The worth was affordable and there have been no transport expenses,” Zenshun mentioned. “I believed this was a good suggestion and ordered one instantly.”
For the Shimabukuros and different Okinawans, Amazon deliveries are even quicker now, because of a brand new supply station in Okinawa that helps Amazon ship hundreds of thousands of things the following day to prospects.
Earlier than the supply station opened, prospects would sometimes have to attend a couple of days to get what they ordered from the mainland of Japan. Now merchandise are flown each day from Haneda Airport close to Tokyo by a third-party service, permitting Amazon to supply handy next-day supply.
A few of these merchandise embody protecting gear to follow Kumite, a sensible coaching in karate. Kumite includes sporting protecting gear equivalent to masks, gloves, and chest pads to stop harm, together with mitts and sandbags. Zenshun has bought a wide range of karate requirements from Amazon, starting from protecting gear equivalent to mitts and leg helps to protein dietary supplements and sandbags.
“I additionally purchase sports activities masks to put on throughout follow from Amazon. It is extra inexpensive than sporting items shops, and it is handy that they ship,” Zenshun mentioned.
“It takes 20 minutes for me to simply go to my native sports activities retailer and an entire hour to buy merchandise and get again residence. Amazon has a wide array of merchandise, and with next-day supply now, I’ll most likely be utilizing Amazon for lots of issues.”
Amazon has greater than 20 achievement facilities and over 45 supply stations in Japan to make sure the dependable supply of merchandise to distant areas everywhere in the nation.
Wherever folks dwell, Amazon will proceed to boost its supply community and companies to assist prospects carry their cultural torch and go it to future generations.
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