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Last Update: September 7, 2012


White River experience

When my husband and I first arrived on Okinawa, we planned quite a few things that we HAD to do before we left. While we still have a few places left to visit, one item we were able to mentally cross off our list last week was dressing up in traditional kimono and getting our pictures taken at the White River photo studio.   Read More!


Finding the words...Some translating advice

Anyone who speaks English and Japanese knows how confusing it can be to try to get the same idea across from one language to the other. Meanings get confused.   Read More!


Get involved with this year's "International Coastal Cleanup"

The "Okinawa International Clean Beach Club" (OICBC) is gathering volunteers to participate in the annual "International Coastal Cleanup" on September 19 and 20. This year, the event is being tied in with the United Nation's sponsored "Year of the Ocean".   Read More!

Eco-tour guides balance nature and tourism

Keeping development under control has always been a problem for most tourist destinations. The dilemma, in most cases, is trying to take advantage of the area's natural beauty and resources to improve the local economy, while at the same time maintaining a balance between development and nature, so that the very same nature you are promoting does not become destroyed.   Read More!

Southeast Botanical Gardens await your arrival

Exotic plants envelop you as you stroll through the gates of the gardens. Due to Okinawa's propitious conditions of tropical and oceanic climate, Southeast Botanical Garden is the only botanical garden in Japan where tropical and subtropical plants' have flourished under cultivation within their natural habitat.   Read More!


Adventure through the jungles of Iriomote Island

Cruising through the East China, I began to imagine the adventures that lay ahead of me. I was on my way to Iriomote, a designated national park reserve located at the southern end of the Ryukyu Archipelago.   Read More!


Karate's best full contact fighters go for "Grand Prix" title

Some of the top Full Contact Karate Fighters from around the country will be gathering on September 15 at the Budokan Arena for the "1998 Full Contact Karate Champions Tournament Grand Prix". The tournament promises to be one of the most exciting martial arts events of the year, and already has martial arts fans buzzing with excitement.   Read More!

Healthy food matter of choice

Today, the emphasis of nutrition education is shifting from the four basic food groups to food composition and how food influences your heath. Research studies show that diets rich in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fats may reduce our risk of heart disease and many types of cancer.   Read More!


Students from Okinawa City ready for study tour to the U.S.

Okinawa City is moving towards the 21st century with plans to form a sister-city relationship with Lakewood, Washington, U.S.   Read More!


LL Cool J - what else is there to say?

This week is something like a phenomenon on Okinawa. Read on for a special prize just for Japan Update readers.   Read More!

Slippin' and slidin' at The Family Waterpark

There are many ways to beat the heat of the Okinawa sun. One of the best methods I have found so far is The Family Waterpark (TFW), formerly the Onsen Waterpark.   Read More!

Orion Beer Festival, All Island Eisa Festival

The Annual Orion Beer Festival will be held at Okinawa Athletic Park Sep. 12 and 13.   Read More!

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