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TATSUO SHIMABUKURO

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Birthdate, death and official name

 

Shinkichi Shimabukuro was born on September 19th, 1908 in K(i)yan, Okinawa, Japan. He was the first son in a family of ten children. His  father was Kama Shimabukuro and his mother Nabe.

Kyan is called Chan in Okinawan hogen (dialect). Kyan later formed together with Nakaname, Chan Nakaname and is nowadays called Kinaka. Kinaka is a part of Gushikawa City on Okinawa island, Japan.

As a baby he was given the Okinawan name Kana. His official -Japanese- name is Shinkichi, as it is registered at his Koseki (Family Register) and later in his Passport.

Around 1947 he took his chosen name Tatsuo (= Dragon Man), the time he started giving karate instruction to Okinawans. Also later in his life he shortened his family name to Shimabuku. Although his official and written name is Shimabukuro.

Tatsuo passed away at May 30th, 1975 at 10:30 AM. After staying for 2 to 3 days in hospital, where he was treated for high blood pressure. He had a stroke or heart attack and died at the age of 66 years.

 

Tatsuo's official name and birthdate at his Koseki (Family Register):

Full name

Shussei /
Birthdate

 

Shima-

 

bukuro

 

Shin-

 

kichi

 

September

19

1908

 

(Meiji 41,
year based on the Japanese nengou or Emperor Year System)

 

Tatsuo's Hanko (=seal) & signature as found at official documents:


Shimabukuro Tatsuo

 

Obituary from Okinawan newspaper:


 

 

Founder SHIMABUKURO TATSUO (Shinkichi)
has passed away on 30 May 1975.

We announce this to all concerned parties.

 

31 May 1975

Isshinryu Kokusai Karate Renmei

 

President Shimabukuro Shinkichi,
Officers and Students

 

Father SHIMABUKURO SHINKICHI (Tatsuo)
passed away at 10:30 AM on 30 May 1975, while being treated for illness.

We would like to thank all of you for your friendship while he was alive.

The viewing shall be held at our home (Gushikawa City, Kinaka 829) from 4:00-5:00 PM on 31 May 1975.

 

31 May 1975

Eldest Son Shimabukuro Kichiro,
Second Son Shimabukuro Shinsho,
Second Daughter Higa Matsuko,
Third Daughter Uezu Yukiko,
Family Members and Friends

Translated by Joe Swift

 

Related document: Tatsuo Shimabukuro's family picture


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