What exactly is the “Tookachi” celebration? It’s a person’s 88th birthday/ birth year, and is called “Tookachi” in Okinawa and “Beiju” in mainland Japan. It is one of the two biggest birthday celebrations, the other being the 97th anniversary, also known as “Kajimayaa”. The Tookachi celebration takes typically takes place on the 8th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar.

In early March of 2017, a small group of us went to Okinawa with Sensei Iha. It was an AMAZING trip! It was a two-fold visit, to be part of the opening of the new Okinawa Karate Kaikan and to plan Sensei Iha’s 88th birthday celebration in 2019.

We made huge headway on this celebration event. Our dates are set, August 21- August 30, 2019. Dojo's throughout the country and Canada are planning to be part of this event! Everyone is welcome to attend, children under 18 will need a parent to travel with them.

One of the events that we are very excited about is recreating the picture of Sensei Gusukuma teaching a group of 132 in front of the Shuri castle, with Sensei Iha teaching us of course. We got this!