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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Native Okinawa to Work at the Olympics in Nagano

Saturday the streets of Nagano paved the way for the world's largest international sport commencement. The 18th Winter Olympic Games officially began.   Read More!

LINKS Site Leaders

The Marine Corps Family Team Building Program is currently looking for three volunteer Site Leaders to be responsible for leading the LINKS Program at the three sites on Okinawa. The three sites are South Island (Camps Kinser and MCAS Futenma), Central (Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base) and North Island (Camps Courtney, McTureous, Hansen, and Schwab).   Read More!

Black History Celebration Continues

This year's African-American history month develop and incorporate the theme of African Americans in Business, "The Passport to Empowerment." Focusing attention on children's education and historic development, the Black History Month Committee organized a Children's Essay Contest.   Read More!

Generosity gives hope to the slums of the Philippines

Jameson Mappala, a Filipino living in Okinawa, is someone that has not forgotten about the less fortunate back in his native country. The soft spoken thirty five year old first came to Okinawa on a scholarship to study Japanese at the Ryukyu University in 1989.   Read More!

"Connections" brings together community and artists

An impressive array of art and artists were on hand at the opening party for the "Connections" art show on February 6. The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Okinawa Prefecture Government Board of Education and the Okinawa Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau, is taking place at the Guwa Inn Restaurant, located in the Tropical Technology Center.   Read More!


Fencing club teaches art of swordplay

The audience watches the movie screen, mesmerized by the clash of metal upon metal as warriors from a time long past battle each other man-to-man, sword-to-sword. It may e hard to imagine combat was conducted in such a way, especially when combat today seems to be rushing into a computer era.   Read More!


Scientists from around the world converge on Okinawa to discuss ocean research

Scientists from around the world gathered at the Ginowan Convention Center last week from February 2 until February 7, for the 'Fourth International Scientific Symposium'. The conference was one of many occurring throughout 1998 in many different countries, as part of the United Nations' "Year of the Ocean" initiatives.   Read More!


Love Motel for Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, surprise your sweetheart with a trip to one of Okinawa's many love motels. "What are those," you ask? Love motels are pay-by-the-hour hotels frequented by couples looking to get away from the kids, from relatives, from home, or just to spend some intimate time together in a private, fantasy-like setting.   Read More!


The recent popularity of Japanese cartoons or Anime can be traced back to the 1960's where Astro-Boy, Speed Racer, Gigantor & 8 -Man first hit the American shores. Yeah so the lip syncing wasn't all that great and some of the characters names were down right weird, but they were pretty cool, and have remained so to this very day in popular culture.   Read More!

Spring Cleaning can be profitable

Japan Update and Mitsukoshi department store are sponsoring a huge multicultural charity bazaar to benefit the a local orphanage. Mitsukoshi department store would like to thank it's valued customers for their support by supporting their community and youth by sponsoring this event.   Read More!


Uchinanchu stories

"Rediscovering my roots to take back culture and peace"Haru Kawamitsu was born in Naha and left for Utah, U.S.   Read More!


Peter Rowan to Perform at Mary Lou's

Peter Rowan is a popular 'cult' bluegrass singer, never hitting the main stream, but an artist who has a loyal following after 12 independent records and many tours. Rowan writes, sings, yodels, and plays the saxophone and stringed instruments.   Read More!

DIAMANTES release new video

DIAMANTES is starting off the year with the release of a complete three hour, two volume video, of their 1997 live performance at Ginowan Kaihin Park. The video will hit the shelves of most CD shops and many retail chains on February 14.   Read More!


Smokey Joe's Cafe

All the way from Broadway the sizzling, jolting sounds of Smokey Joe's Cafe light up the stage of the Okinawa Convention Center. This Broadway musical captures the essence of vintage 50's rhythm and blues by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song writing team who, were instrumental in creating rock 'n' roll.   Read More!

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