Prior to the institution of Teikoku Lodge No. 19, there were two regular Masonic Lodges active on Okinawa. The population and potential for spreading Masonic Light clearly indicated a need for increased activity and Bro. William H. Wilson in company with Bro. Richard W. Sheridan of Kokusai Lodge No. 15, Yokota Air Base, Japan began actively laying the groundwork for a new Lodge in April 1963. A petition to form a new Lodge from the Brethren on Okinawa, and a recommendation from Kokusai Lodge No. 15 for the formation of a new Lodge were submitted, and a dispensation to form a Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Japan was approved on July 29, 1963.
On September 7, 1963 a contingent of officers from the Grand Lodge of Japan arrived on Okinawa to Officiate at the institution of Teikoku Lodge, U.D. On October 21, 1963 two new members were initiated to the EA degree, thus launching Teikoku Lodge on a course of progress and prosperity. A total of 15 degrees were conferred during the Lodge's first two months.
At the Seventh Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Japan, held on 13th and 14th of March 1964, the delegates therein assembled unanimously voted to grant a Charter to Teikoku Lodge, numbering it on the rolls of the Grand Lodge as Nineteen.
Our Lodge is still striving today on the virtues created from its founders.