The Chibana Project

A blog where I post my research on a certain Okinawan named Chibana Choshin.

Monday, May 01, 2006


I feel incredibly embarrassed. Visiting the E-budo message forums, I happened upon what I thought was karate historian Mr. Patrick McCarthy's e-mail address. Figuring that it wouldn't hurt to ask (the worst that could happen would be that he completely ignores me), I sent him an e-mail asking if he had any information on Chibana Choshin or if there were certain print sources he recommend I look up. I included a link to this blog.

In preparation to compose a "sorry-I-haven't-posted-anything-in-a-long time-but-I'm-really-busy-preparing-for-final-exams" post, I discovered I had roughly 100 unique hits today. I usually average 10. Excited, (I am a little bit of a geek) I was curious as to what could have possibly happened for me to have attracted so many visitors - I don't really advertise the site, but I've noticed if you Google "Chibana Choshin" this shows up as one of the first few selections (second from the bottom of the first page).

As it turns out, I appear to have sent my inquery to Mr. McCarthy over an entire e-mail listserve - all the referrals to my blog today originate from e-mail addresses. If you were one of the unintended recipients and have followed the link here, I apologize for polluting your inbox with my nonsense. I feel so sheepish that's it not even funny. I would send another e-mail apologizing to everyone on the listserve, but I don't want to fill their inboxes with my nonsense again.

For those of you who do frequent here, I'm still working the Okinawa Times translation. I should have part of it presentable later in the week. Please understand that my final exam (I only have one!) takes priority.

Again, if you have any comments, feedback, or references you can point me to, please leave a comment for me. Thank you!


Blogger Des Paroz said...


Actually, McCarthy Sensei posted your blog link to his Karate Study List email list.

So you not only got his list, but his recommendation.

I recommend you consider joining McCarthy Sensei's International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. There are a lot of researchers in his group, many who regularly contribute to the KSL.

BTW, I was already subscribed to your blog's RSS (Atom) feed, as a result of a link on Charles Goodin Sensei's blog.


Des Paroz
Sydney, Australia

6:57 PM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

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9:50 AM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

Pardon me, but I'm technically challenged. I meant to edit my comment after a discovering a nonsensical run-on-sentence, but I ended up deleting it instead. This is what I wanted to post:

I feel very honored that Mr. McCarthy would recommend my blog to the Karate Study List. I never would have imagined that this site would attract so much attention. Also, I appreciate your feedback. What does RSS do? Is that some kind of subscription service (pardon me, but I'm internet challenged)?

I'm sorry I haven't been able to update this regularly, but I'm still a grad student and I'm heading into final exams this week and next week before graduating with my master's degree.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Bujutsu Blogger said...

Oh man, hitting the big leagues now, eh?

RSS is read using a newsreader. It's kind of like using Outlook to read email, only instead of being sent an email, you get "mailed" the latest post from the website you suscribe to. A great way to save time on browsing favorite sites.

(Ah, I'm such a geek)

11:45 AM  
Blogger Onimitsu2004 said...

Thanks for the info. Now I know...and knowing is half the battle!

10:16 PM  

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