Birthdate, death and official
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.
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
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
year based on the Japanese nengou or Emperor Year System)
Tatsuo's Hanko (=seal) & signature as found at official
Obituary from Okinawan newspaper:
Founder SHIMABUKURO TATSUO
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
passed away at 10:30 AM on 30 May 1975, while being treated
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