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Travel

Visit Nepal '98 beckons tourists to see the exotic

Few adventurers can lay claim to the fact that they have trekked through the Nepalese Himalayas. Now, you can have the chance of visiting Nepal while you're in Japan, with the official 'Visit Nepal '98' campaign.   Read More!

Hiji Waterfall is one of Okinawa's best hiking spots

If you are looking to cool yourself off during the late months of Okinawa's summer season, then plan a day to visit Hiji Waterfall. Located in northern Okinawa, the 30 meter high waterfall plunges from a sharp rocky cliff through a beautiful gorge lined with tropical flora on both sides.   Read More!

Entertainment

Island Park

Ever get the yen for an amusement park? Remember coaxing your date into The Haunted House all those years back? For some of you perhaps, it was not so long ago! Do you remember standing on tippy toes to make minimum height for the roller coaster? You know the one and if you actually got on, there was always someone in the gang who had heard of one just like it that had a nasty habit of jumping rails. Okinawa Island Park's roller coaster doesn't offer that particular thrill, though make no mistake, it's a guaranteed eyebrow curler.   Read More!

Partyman: on a mission to party

From the shores of Okuma to the Halls of Pescaderia, the Partyman hits the late-night scene. I just want you all to know, that I do this all for you.   Read More!

Ryukyu Kingdom Festa activities

Ryukyu Kingdom Festival, running from Friday through Oct. 17, offers one of the best opportunities t experience Okinawan traditions and culture.   Read More!

Okinawa International Carnival '98 has arrived

This weekend brings to town the "1998 Okinawa International Carnival". The very festive event has become a favorite for Okinawa-city residents and foreigners living on the island.   Read More!

Culture

Tug-of-War has deeper meaning in Okinawa

Tsunahiki (tug of war) is a religious ritual which takes place to pray to the gods for a successful crop the following year. The rope is divided into two sections-north and south-one with a male end and one with a female end.   Read More!

Opinion

A RETORT to "RESPECT for the ELDERLY DAY," cross-cultural glance

I'd like to clear the air about the article printed in last week's edition of the Japan Update (Oct 1-7) on "Respect for the Elderly Day," cross-cultural glance. I was totally offended by Mr.   Read More!

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