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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Health

Rugby gaining popularity on island

There are presently two ex-pat Rugby clubs in Okinawa, Hansen Hellcats RFC and Exiles RFC that is active in Kadena area. The teams play most Sundays in pick-up matches and scheduled Union tournaments throughout the island and also in mainland Japan locations.   Read More!

Oasis Water Vending

Oasis Water Vending has been providing fresh, clean, and tasty water to Military personnel and their families on bases since last January. Since water vending is a new industry in Japan, no vending machines were found in Okinawa a year ago.   Read More!

Community

Marine MWR changes name

From Jan. 1, 1999, Marine MWR was joined with the Family Service Center, Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center (CSACC), Child Development Program, Family Advocacy, and Family Team Building, to become a part of Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS).   Read More!

Classes at Kadena Family Support Center

Ryukyu dance class offered A Ryukyu dance class and seminar is offered at the Kadena Family Support Center, Feb. 12, from noon to 2 p.   Read More!

Foster Shopping Spree winner announced

The winner of the December Friendly Foster PX Shopping Spree is Helen L. Turner.   Read More!

Black history Month open forum scheduled

The Okinawa West-Indian Association will be hosting an "Open Forum" in support of the Black History Month. The forum will take place at Butler Officers’ Club Friday, Feb.   Read More!

Itokazu holds tradition, spirit, and creativity of Okinawan pottery

Jorge Itokazu is a master craftsman. He blends traditional Okinawan pottery with his own unique style, resulting in very exquisite pieces of art and also pottery with very creative functional uses.   Read More!

A master in the art of calligraphy

Calligraphy is the ancient art of writing. It was practiced for centuries in Asia, with deep roots in many Islamic countries and in China.   Read More!

Suffering dogs are rescued by volunteers

Approximately eighty dogs in Gushikawa were left in squalor conditions when a breeder suddenly passed away last September. The dogs were being looked after by a relative of the deceased, but the amount of work involved for the proper care of the animals was too overwhelming, and the dogs suffered from malnutrition and neglect.   Read More!

Raising dollar-smart kids

Mom, dad can I have that?" How many times do you hear this as you walk around the store with your children? Do you ever stop and wonder where children get their money sense or where you obtained yours? Perhaps you were lucky enough to have financially savvy parents and teachers who taught you all you needed to know about saving and investing for the future. If you were not, you may find yourself living from paycheck to paycheck and wondering where you went wrong.   Read More!

Nature

Okinawan students looking to join forces for environment

Students at Hokuzan High School, located in Nakijin, have begun to take environmental problems into their own hands. Lead by second year student Hatsumi Sakai, the group gathers once a month to clean a local beach, and they also record everything they pick up along the way.   Read More!

Hand pick your own fresh oranges in Yambaru

Heading past Nago in northern Okinawa lies the Motobu Peninsula. It is part of the region referred to as "Yambaru" in the Okinawan language.   Read More!

Culture

Stand upon ancient walls of Ryukyu history

If you would like to visit some historical sites around Okinawa, you should definitely put Nakagusuku Castle on your list of places to see this year. The castle was built in the first half of the fifteenth century by Lord Gosamaru, one of Okinawa's most famous warriors.   Read More!

Education

Summer school proposal survey

Parents of Okinawa school children are being asked to provide information needed to compile the DoDDS-Okinawa summer school proposal for the DoD Education Activity headquarters in Washington, D.C.   Read More!

Okinawa teacher selected as state finalist

Okinawa second grade teacher, Carol Linda Shirley, from Kadena Elementary School has been chosen as one of the DoDDS state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching for 1998 in the elementary science category. The announcement of the winners in each category will be announced in the spring of ’99.   Read More!

Gourmet

Reviewed - Crepe Corner

Patrons at Foster Market Place have now a new tasty corner to visit they find themselves craving for a snack or light lunch. The Crepe Corner that opened recently offers a selection of sandwiches and sweet crepes, long known to be the favorite snacks for Frenchmen with a sweet tooth.   Read More!

Seamen’s Club presented "Soul Food" brunch

In tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Read More!

Entertainment

Local women's theater club set for performance in English

"Akabana", a local women's theater group, will be performing a play about Lord Amawari of Katsuren Castle, an important historical figure of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The script was written by Miyoko Higa, a professor at Okinawa Prefecture University of Art.   Read More!

Reviewed - American Graffiti

Time travel to America of the 50’s seems like a dream, but cocktail bar American Graffiti is the closest thing in Okinawa to realizing that dream. Here oldies but goodies flow out from an authentic Wurlizer juke box, and Elvis, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe smile from the walls setting the customer into the right mood.   Read More!

Opinion

Ask Sh'naynay

Hi, I'm from Malaysia and I'm not very familiar with Japan I would like to find out about the Okinawa's Actor School. How can I get in touch with Japanese celebrities like Shimabukuro Hiroko who is also from the actor school.   Read More!

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