Dai Nippon Butokukai Collection

This page displays Dai Nippon Butokukai (Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society) items in the collection of the Hawaii Karate Museum, including a large collection of booklets donated by Sensei James Davenport, in memory of Sensei George Van Horne. The Dai Nippon Butokukai was formed in 1895 as the official body to regulate the martial arts in Japan, including Karate beginning in the 1930s. Information about the Dai Nippon Butokukai is available at dnbk.org.

Prior to World War II, many martial artists in Hawaii (especially in Kendo and Ju Jitsu/Judo) were members of the Dai Nippon Butokukai. In the group photo above, Sensei Henry Seishiro Okazaki, a well known Ju Jitsu instructor, sits in the second row, second from left. The Japanese writing states that the event was a Dai Nippon Butokukai Hawaii Division gathering on July 26, 1936. Click the photo for a larger version (photo donated by Connie Day). It is believed that this photo was taken at the Kotohira Jinsha Temple in Kalihi. Okazaki Sensei is wearing a Dai Nippon Butokukai 4th Class Merit Membership silver pin on his left lapel. Three of the other gentlemen in the row are also wearing Dai Nippon Butokukai pins.

After World War II, one of the only Hawaii Karate instructors to become a member of the Dai Nippon Butokukai was Sensei Jimmy Miyaji. His Sensei, Richard Kim, was also a member of the organization.


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Regular Membership Card

Regular Membership Card
Dai Nippon Butokukai
April 1910
Regular Membership Card

Regular Membership Card
Dai Nippon Butokukai
December 1915
Special Membership Card

Special Membership Card
Dai Nippon Butokukai
August 1936


Dai Nippon Butokukai Certificate

Kyudo (Archery) Shodan Certificate
Dai Nippon Butokukai
Kazuo Masuda
June 17, 1942


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Gold Merit Membership Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


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Silver and Gold Merit Membership Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


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Silver and Gold Merit Membership Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
4th Class Merit Membership Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Military Medal
with red ribbon
Dai Nippon Butokukai
Military Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Membership Pin
with red ribbon
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Membership Pin
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Membership Stick Pins
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal Dai Nippon Butokukai Medal
Large Desk Medal
Dai Nippon Butokukai


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Dai Nippon Butokukai Booklet

January 1898 (Meiji 31), Japanese language

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1898 Booklet 1898 Booklet


Dai Nippon Butokukai Shashin
Dai Nippon Butokukai Photograph Album

July 25, 1932 (Showa 7)
27 pages
Japanese language

1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album 1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album
1932 Dai Nippon Butokukai Album


Dai Nippon
Butokukai Booklets

Japanese language

Donated by Sensei
James Davenport (chitoryu.com),
in memory of Sensei
George Van Horne

Booklets

Date unknown
Dai Nippon
Butokukai Kaireki
(History)
Booklets

January 10, 1981
Yagyu Tenshu
(Shin Kage Ryu)
Booklets

January 15, 1983
Bushi Kun
Booklets

January 15, 1984
Muro


Donated by Sensei James Davenport (chitoryu.com), in memory of Sensei
George Van Horne

Zen Nippon Butoku Sai
Dai Nippon Butokukai

April 29, 1987 through
April 29, 1997

Japanese language

Donated by Sensei James Davenport (chitoryu.com), in memory of Sensei
George Van Horne

Butoku Sai

April 29, 1987
No. 25
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1988
No. 26
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1989
No. 27
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1990
No. 28
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1991
No. 29
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1992
No. 30
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1993
No. 31
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1994
No. 32
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1995
No. 33
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1996
No. 34
Butoku Sai

April 29, 1997
No. 35


Butoku Journal
Dai Nippon Butokukai

November 30, 1987 through
August 15, 1998

Japanese language

Donated by Sensei James Davenport (chitoryu.com), in memory of Sensei
George Van Horne

Butoku Journal

November 30, 1987
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1989
Butoku Journal

June 20, 1989
Butoku Journal

June 20, 1991
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1991
Butoku Journal

November 1, 1991
Butoku Journal

January 20, 1992
Butoku Journal

July 1, 1992
Butoku Journal

September 1, 1992
Butoku Journal

November 1, 1992
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1993
Butoku Journal

April 10, 1993
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1993
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1994
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1994
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1995
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1995
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1996
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1996
Butoku Journal

January 1, 1997
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1997
Butoku Journal

January 15, 1998
Butoku Journal

August 15, 1998


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