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Bushi Matsumora relief sculpture

マツモラ コウサクノリリーフ

Southern area
Bushi Matsumora relief sculptureメイン画像1

In the district located behind the Sōgenji Wall can be found a beautiful promenade street called the “Tomari Sansaku Michi”. Running from behind the Itokazu Hospital all the way to Tomari Elementary School, this one way road is decorated with a few monuments that relate to the history and traditions of Tomari.
Entering from the hospital’s side, pedestrians will first see a replica of the Sōgenji wall followed by the Bushi Matsumora relief.
On the monument are inscribed the following words:
The rejuvenator of karate (Tomarite)
Matsumora Kōsaku (1829-1898) was born in the Tomari Village. Dedicating his life to karatedō, he invented the school called Tomarite and strive to instruct his juniors forming numerous outstanding students. For the posterity, he is the karate expert known as Tomari’s “Bushi Matsumora”.

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Name Bushi Matsumora relief sculpture (マツモラ コウサクノリリーフ)
Address 〒  1-31-4 Tomari, Naha City, Okinawa



  • Unless there is a karate-related plaque or monument at a master's grave, we don't introduce it here. If you would like to visit a particular grave, ask your instructor yourself.
  • Some of the monuments listed on this site are located in family graveyards. Please be quiet and respectful when visiting. Also, when a monument is located on a private property, you need to obtain the consent of the family before visiting. Furthermore, do not offer incense sticks at the grave without the consent of your family, sit on the wall of the site to rest, or perform a demonstration.
  • Please make sure to keep the above sites or the honoring monuments clean by taking your garbage home with you. It is ideal if you can make the place cleaner than before your visit.