And this week’s winner is…

Frankie Albert won tickets for two for the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ basketball game in the year’s first Japan Update raffle.

Frankie is originally from Baltimore, MD, but has called Okinawa home for the past 11 years. Now he says that there is a possibility that he could return to the U.S. sometime in 2015.

He says that his life on the island is just great in every aspect. “It’s safe, the weather is nice and so are the local people. What more can on want?” he says. And as long as he can get his weekly portion of taco rice, which is his favorite local dish, he says he’s good to go.

But although he’s happy with his life here, he says that he would like to go see other parts of Japan, too. “I wish I had more time, so I could explore other parts of Japan more. I want to go everywhere,” he explains.

To participate in Japan Update weekly raffle, just go to www.japanupdate.com, and click on “Raffle Entry” where you can see the prize of the current raffle. Then sign up and good luck!