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Bi-lingual poetry

A booklet of poetry in English and Japanese has been published by Kiyoshi Sawada and Okinawa Pacific Books. The book contains about 50 poems created by Sawada, and originally published in Japanese, when he was at the age between 18 and 20.   Read More!

Jack's not so nasty

On Sunday, Katsuhiro Kawamitsu will make his fifteenth appearance at the annual Peaceful Love Rock Festival. "I missed out on the first one," he explains.   Read More!

Enjoy day of sun and Dragon boat races at Manza Beach

The Manza Beach Resort will be holding their 15th annual "Manza Hari Festival" on Sunday, July 5. The event has come to be known as one of the biggest and most exiting Hari races in Okinawa, and this year will be no exception.   Read More!

AMERICAFEST '98 Offers Aircraft, Music, Food, Fun

It is again the time for Kadena's Americafest. The festival continues to attract more visitors that any other festival on the island despite complaints that it is has become too big, too small, too boring, too hectic, too hot and it is too difficult to reach.   Read More!

Western World brings cowboys and fun for the whole family

Cowboys and lovers of the "old west" can find some great steaks, burgers, and plenty of enjoyment at the newly opened "Western World" theme restaurant. Hidden away in the hills of Okinawa City, the area currently contains a huge indoor hall, which has been designed to bring out the atmosphere of the "cowboy era" in 19th century America.   Read More!


Travel the sea and discover the Ryukyu Islands and beyond

Travel by boat has always conjured up images of romance, and evokes a sense of freedom inside of us. For those looking to unwind in an unhurried fashion, there is no better way to travel.   Read More!

Kin Temple cave offers cool escape and plenty of awamori

Asami Toyokawa has taken the process of creating awamori to new levels. Trying to improve upon the taste of the awamori her family distillery, "Kin Shuzo", has been making for 48 years, Toyokawa came upon the idea to mature the awamori inside a natural cave, where the cool air remains at an average temperature of 18 degrees centigrade.   Read More!


Takahara Restaurant

The Takahara Restaurant & Bar Lounge has two great locations in Takahara-Okinawa City and Kitanakagusuku-Son. The Okinawa-City location has a two-story facility with a wonderful picturesque view of the city below and the vast blue ocean.   Read More!

Italian Chef delights customers at Renaissance Resort

Gianluca Marcias has spent the last fourteen years of his life mostly in kitchens, preparing many different sauces, pasta, and seafood. His culinary talents began as a boy in his hometown island of Sardegna, Italy, where the beautiful country side and surrounding sea of Sardegna provided fresh produce and plenty of fish to help Marcias perfect fine Italian dishes.   Read More!

Futto Land Restaurant Review

Futto Land located on Highway 58, just beyond Tony Romas, is one of the most unique restaurants around. The main entrees, although prepared and served in many different ways, comes from the rare bird known as the ostrich.   Read More!


Housing Reminders

Military members on the junior enlisted (E1-E3) waiting list who receive notice of promotion to E4 have the option to remain on the E1-E3 waiting list or change to the junior NCO (E4-E6) waiting list six months prior to their promotion. A documented proof of promotion within six months is required.   Read More!

Saitama man presents mini-steam locomotive to Neo Park

Mazuo Iizuka, 63, of Saitama Prefecture outside Tokyo, has two on-going love affairs, one with steam locomotives and trains, and another with northern Okinawa. The labor of the first love is a mini-size working steam locomotive Iizuka made himself.   Read More!

Yoshihiro Higa keeping Japanese folk music alive and well

Playing form bar to bar after so many years, many musicians loose their feeling for music and simply go through the motions. It can be a tiring lifestyle of broken dreams and endless nights, intertwined with a few waking hours of sunlight.   Read More!

353 Special Operations fund-raiser

The 353 SOG Top 3 has scheduled a golf tournament at the Banyan Tree Golf Course on July 17. Prizes include a $27,750 Ford Explorer for a Hole-in-1 on #12, $1000 cash for a Hole-in-1 on #4.   Read More!


Japanese Coast Guard gives awards, "Year of the Ocean" underway

Hundreds of people gathered at the Tomarin Kariyushi Resort in Naha to take part in an awards ceremony in conjunction with Ocean Day (Umi no hi) The awards were presented to individuals, groups and corporations for their specific contributions to ocean recreation, safety, and protection. Among the many recipients were Akira Miyagi, a transportation specialist for the Military Sea Lift Command on Okinawa.   Read More!


JETRO Okinawa helping to expand trade and investment

As many government officials and members of the business community here on Okinawa put forth plans to increase trade and commerce, there are some individuals trying to figure out simply how to get started. It is the job of the Japan External Trade Organization, known as JETRO, to help those who are seeking to open companies or import products into Japan.   Read More!


Eisa Festival keeps Okinawan tradition alive

The annual Eisa Festival has been an on-going tradition for Okinawans for 43 years, but only about 10 years ago foreigners were invited to participate. Peter Ku, a coordinator of the Okinawa City International Association (OCIA) and graduate of Washington State University, said that he hopes many people will come and join in on the fun of the festival Sep.   Read More!


Golfers test their skills at fund raiser

The 353d Special operations Group Top 3 golf fund raiser was held at the Banyan Tree Golf Course, on Kadena Air Base, July 17. 88 golfers took part in the event.   Read More!

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