Miyagi Chojun…maybe

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Miyagi Chojun, Goju ryu, Karate, Vancouver, BC, Kitsilano, Lessons, Kobudo

Here’s a photo I stumbled upon while conducting research into Kyoda Juhatsu. I don’t know if it has surfaced before on other forums or sites and apologize if it already has. Ironically, it’s not a photo of Kyoda Juhatsu but instead appears to be a photo of Miyagi Chojun!

Miyagi Chojun, Goju ryu, Karate, Vancouver, BC, Kitsilano, Lessons, Kobudo
Miyagi Chojun (?) standing 2nd from the right.

Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t list names of the people in it so it’s impossible to say for sure. Still there is a strong likeness to Chojun. As you can see in the photo, the men are dressed in the traditional attire for the annual tug-of-war contest (倧碱引き). The photo is believed to have been taken sometime in the early 1930s.