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Culture

Urasoe residents get ready for "Tedako Festival"

Urasoe residents are preparing for one of the most visual and incredible sound performances on Okinawa. As part of the twenty first annual "Urasoe Tedako Festival," over 800 children and 200 adults are currently practicing for the "Taiko Carnival," which will take place on Saturday, July 25, 1998 at the Urasoe Sports Park.   Read More!

Huge crowds gather at Peace Memorial Park for "Irei no hi"

This past Tuesday, on June 23, Okinawans around the island paid their respects to all relatives, family, and friends who lost their lives during the battle of Okinawa and at other places around the Pacific. The day, "Irei no hi", was established as a national holiday after the war, to remember and honor all the people who died, and to pass on the lessons learned from that tragic episode.   Read More!

Mystical and spiritually powerful - the yuta of Okinawa

The religion of Okinawa was influenced by both Buddhism and Shintoism from mainland Japan and China. Over the centuries it evolved into its own uniqueness, and is still very prevalent in many aspects of the Okinawan culture.   Read More!

Nature

Okinawa playing major role in protecting world's mangrove forests

The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME) is responsible for educating people about the importance of mangroves, and also initiating conservation techniques for the sustainable use of mangrove forests. Officially inaugurated in August of 1990, the non-profit organization has grown to include 670 individual supporters from around the world and also over 35 private institutions.   Read More!

Gourmet

Nuggets Restaurante

Located off Okinawa's most popular surf and dive spot, the Sunabe sea wall, sits a brand new sea-side cafe and surf shop called Nuggets. This quaint little open air shop offers the unique combination of a sea-side cafe and a surf shop all rolled in to one.   Read More!

Entertainment

Cover to Cover

"Fed Up With the Fanny" by Franklin White portrays the life of Kahlil Richardson, a man with serious potential. He has a fantastic job, is socially responsible, committed to his family and friends, and extremely attractive.   Read More!

16th Peaceful Love Rock Festival - the ultimate in rock 'n' roll

Get ready to Rock n Roll for the 16th annual "Peaceful Love Rock Festival." It has been a long time favorite gathering of many local rock bands, and has become an icon in the Okinawa music scene.   Read More!

Hija River offers easy escape, wild festival

Looking for a quick escape away from the sounds of the city? There are a few places that you can go to and enjoy some peace and quiet, without having to drive very far. Located just beyond Kadena Circle going north on Highway 58 is the Hija River.   Read More!

Community

Budget for Baby classes

Are you and your spouse expecting a new bundle of joy? Well, did you know that the average cost to raise a child is $230,000? Yes, you read it correctly, 230,000 big ones! The good news is that your Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is conducting free “BUDGET FOR BABY” classes that can help you realize the impact of a baby on your budget. Our trained instructors welcome you to join us in a discussion of how a baby can change your budget priorities and also offer suggestions on savings and credit.   Read More!

Young Marines graduate and take to the fields

New graduates from Camp Kinser and Foster Young Marines Recruit Training take to the field this week after several weeks of intensive and motivational training. Recruits were trained for several months on what it takes to be a Marine.   Read More!

Montford Point Association opens first Okinawa Chapter

Several months ago, military member who participated in the Battle of Okinawa returned to Okinawa to reflect and remember fallen comrades from the battle; among them was retired Marine, Sam Saxton. The retired African-American Marine brought with him the dream of starting a Montford Point Marine Association in Okinawa.   Read More!

Health

TRICARE rates increase

The monthly premium for the TRICARE Active-Duty Family Member Dental Plan (TFMDP) will increase on Aug. 1, 1998.   Read More!

TRICARE news

For service members and their families who are relocating to a duty station that does not have TRICARE Prime, then disenroll from TRICARE Pacific Prime when you get to your new duty station and return to TRICARE Standard or Extra, if available. If TRICARE Prime is not available at your new location, you must request disenrollment from TRICARE Pacific Prime by calling 1-888-777-8343 or contact the TRICARE Service Center in Okinawa via our email address at tricare@oki10.   Read More!

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