On June 29, a reception was held at the Consul-General’s Official Residence to celebrate the conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, upon Mr. Kyoshin Kayo.
The ceremony was attended by President and Chief Instructor, Japan Karate Association Karate-Do Australia Mr. Jim Wood MBE, members of the Shobukan Dojo, Karate, Judo, and Aikido representatives, members of the Japan Club of WA, Soprano singer and Karateka, Ms. Natsuko Mineghishi, and approximately 70 guests.
Consul-General Hirayama spoke of the many years of service given to the local community by Mr. Kyoshin Kayo, and of the pivotal role he played in the spread of karate in Western Australia, before presenting him with the conferment while reading out the certificate. In his congratulatory speech, Mr. Woods MBE spoke of the feeling of pride he has as a Karate expert, in seeing this recognition given to Mr. Kayo.
Mr. Kayo explained that he saw this not as recognition of his own personal achievements, but of the hard work of many different people. He spoke of the fact that one of his former students has been nominated as an official referee for Karate in its official debut at the Tokyo Olympics, while urging his other students to train even harder day to day with the hope of being selected to go to the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally he stated his hope and desire that Karate would continue to grow and be taught as a traditional martial art of Japan, to the next generations of young Western Australians.
After the speeches, Ms. Natsuko Mineghishi, a Soprano singer and former student of Mr Kayo who currently runs a Karate school in Melbourne, gave a performance of the Japanese song ‘Sakura’. This was followed by in impressive Karate demonstration that wowed the audience, performed by 12 members (and former students) of Mr. Kayo’s Shobukan.