Pines of Funakoshi Gichin and his son Gigō
- Southern area
The "Kansha no Matsu" or pine of gratitude was planted in 1998 in honor of Funakoshi Gichin. Later in 2004, a second pine "Homare no Matsu" dedicated to his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) was also planted. When facing the pines, the one on the left is Kansha no Matsu. Both trees were planted by the Nihon Karate Shotokai (www.shotokai.jp). Due to the humid Okinawan weather, the original wooden pillars were replaced by stone pillars during a memorial service held in 2008.
Unfortunately, the "Homare no Matsu" recently disappeared due to pine worm damages.
(From the parking lot of the Sueyoshi Park, take the stairs going down. You will find a green square to the right side of the stairs. The pines are located at the end of the park.)