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Summer Spots 1999: Northern Okinawa

Nago Pineapple Park Nago Pineapple Park is not surprisingly a museum dedicated to pineapples, a product grown widely in “Yambaru,” northern Okinawa. At the park, a tour is a good idea, and visitors can jump on a cute pineapple-shaped cart and cruise around the pineapple field.   Read More!


In search of a lost cultural treasure (Part 1)

"Koten" and "Minyo," two forms of traditional Okinawan music, are known throughout Japan for their unique melodies and joyous songs. Both have played an important role in Okinawan culture - past and present.   Read More!


Women’s forum promotes successful G-8 Summit

More than 300 women from an all-female committee called “Women Promoting a Successful Summit” met Friday at the Pacific Hotel to hear a lecture given by Yukiko Miyazato, president of Executive Link. Miyazato’s company provides professional services such as convention coordinating translation, interpretation, and language classes to busy executives.   Read More!


Correction: K-Ci and JoJo

The K-Ci and JoJo article that ran in the July 29 issue of Japan Update gave the wrong price for the tickets. The starting time of the concert was also inaccurate.   Read More!

Camp Kinser's adventure campers catch the magic

I remember back in my day when day camps were the talk of the neighborhood. Of course many of us could not afford to go and were forced to rely on our parents for adventure.   Read More!


Bank of Okinawa employees volunteer to clean beaches

Many of Japan's environmental organizations depend on funding from various government agencies and corporate sponsorships in order to expand and continue their work. Recently, however, many foundations and companies have been forced to limit the amount of funding they provide to these groups because of the current economic climate here in Japan.   Read More!

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