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Travel

Ikei island offers nice beaches and easy exploration

The islands of Henza, Miyagi, and Ikei on the east coast of Okinawa give you the chance to escape the crowds and noise of Okinawa, without having to board a ferry or an airplane. Connected by the longest bridge on Okinawa, all three islands stretch out from Yokatsu Peninsula across the Pacific Ocean.   Read More!

Entertainment

Okinawa City offers international music and friendship

Music fans and those interested in becoming more involved with the international community here on Okinawa will be happy to know that Okinawa City is presenting a series of music workshops that will take place in July at the Working Woman's Workshop, located next to the Okinawa City Civic Center. There will be a total of four sessions which will focus on both Japanese music and music from abroad.   Read More!

Art show commemorates 100 years of Japan and Cuba

The Urasoe Art Museum is now featuring a special art exhibition, which is just one of the many festivities that will be happening around the country, as part of the 100th year anniversary of relations between Cuba and Japan. According to immigration records, it was in 1898 that the first Japanese national emigrated to Cuba.   Read More!

Culture

Backstreet shopkeepers take life as it comes

Shin Machi Street branches left off Kadena Rotary as you drive towards Nago. Behind it are the Shin Machi Markets, and its rough concrete paths linking rickety old shops.   Read More!

Back alleys of Naha bring sights and smells of old Okinawa

It is often said by travelers throughout Asia that the region has become too overrun by Western culture. Searching for exotic temples and scenes of local daily life often lead to American fast food chains and tourist traps that take your money.   Read More!

Shopping

New Navy Fleet Gift Shop open

The Navy Fleet Gift Shop has a new store behind the Lester Chapel in Bldg. 6064.   Read More!

Community

USS Bealleau Wood to open for public

The United States Amphibious Assault Ship, USS Belleau Wood will be open to public, Sun., Jul.   Read More!

Education

Movement begins to "wake up" young people to voting rights

The law gives every Japanese citizen twenty years of age and older the opportunity to vote in Japan, but getting young people to vote has become a growing problem for the nation. It is now a major concern among politicians and community leaders, who have also watched steady increases in juvenile crime over the past decade.   Read More!

Nature

Local divers lead petition for cleaner and safer Sunabe Sea wall

The Sunabe sea wall in Chatan has long been a favorite area for surfers, divers, and others who enjoy the ocean front promenade. The sea wall has also been used by late night revelers in the past.   Read More!

Health

Nippon Ham Fighters to hold American Ballpark Weekend

The Pacific League Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan pro baseball will stage an American Ballpark Weekend Series July 3-5 when they host the rival Seibu Lions. This is in addition to the annual Yankees Day promotion scheduled for Sep.   Read More!

Gourmet

Outdoor dining and a choice of cuisine at the Gourmet Town

The newly opened Gourmet Town, located in Chatan, provides the perfect place to satisfy the tastes of everyone. The area is set up like an American style food court, with several different eateries all located in the same area.   Read More!

La Cafeteria brings Peruvian sandwiches to Okinawa

There's a little taste of Peru now located in the sleepy town of Maeda. Driving along the road to Cape Maeda, you will notice a small sign on your right that points the way to Regina Itokazu's "La Cafeteria".   Read More!

Osaka style "okonomiyaki" comes to Okinawa at "Yappa Suki ya nen"

Although many foreigners think of Japanese cuisine as simply consisting of only fish and rice, they would be surprised at the amount of original foods and snacks the Japanese have developed over the years, which have a variety of tastes. One of these popular foods is "okonomiyaki.   Read More!

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