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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Sample Okinawa's outer islands at the "Rito Fair"

The 11th annual "Rito Fair" will take place this week, from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. The fair brings together a total of 24 different islands within Okinawa Prefecture to introduce to visitors original craft products, food items, and culture.   Read More!


Pre-paid postage cards now on sale

A limited edition of four varieties of the “Hello Kitty” and “My Melody” pre-paid postal cards are now available at Japanese post offices throughout the island. With the pre-paid card, postage is made a lot simpler and the cards can be used to pay for any postage charges within the credit range of the card.   Read More!


Seattle native fills post at Okinawa City Gov’t Office

Ezra Haggerty arrived in Okinawa in July, assuming the post of Okinawa City's new Coordinator for International Relations. A graduate of Indiana University, Haggerty majored in Japanese history before accepting the position at the Okinawa City Government Office.   Read More!


Salt for a healthier life

The sun filtered through the plastic lining above, and we breathed in the hot oven air as we talked. It was over 120° F inside the blistering greenhouse, where Masakatsu Takayasu was explaining his latest invention to me, a machine so innovative, it could revolutionize the way we eat.   Read More!


Ask Sh'naynay

Ok the Party is over. Tell me something good.   Read More!


Yukito and "Sunday" bring Ryukyu sounds to new generation

In front of a packed audience at Ginowan's outdoor concert stage on September 1, two men began to play the same music they both grew up with on the southern Okinawan island of Ishigaki. There was no electric guitar or bass to be seen, nor were there any back-up vocalists doing fancy dance steps behind them.   Read More!

Time to Reggae at Summer Jam

The 4th Reggae Summer Jam, produced by the King Ryukyu Crew, great supporters of the reggae music scene on the island, will be held at the Human Stage this Friday. This event is open to all reggae lovers and promises to be one of the hottest late summer jams where Ackee and Saltfish, twin dance hall kings from Nagoya and also event organizer Turner, the crew’s main man DJ, will thrill you and chill you.   Read More!

Heilmann, Nakamura recital set for Sept. 26

The husband and wife team of Uwe Heilmann and Tomoko Nakamura, two of the world’s most celebrated opera singers, will perform at the Sugar Hall in Sashiki Town on Sunday September 26. After a number of splendid musical achievements throughout the world, Heilmann and Nakamura settled down in Nakamura's hometown of Kagoshima Prefecture in 1996, and have widened their sphere of musical activity and influence since then.   Read More!

Bellamy Brothers to perform on Kadena

One of America’s best-loved bands The Bellamy Brothers will perform live at the County Fair, Marek Park, on October 9 from 8 p.m.   Read More!

Warrant Live

Long before the word “alternative” entered into the rock domain, eighties glam rockers Warrant were already churning out some of the decades biggest hit songs, and helped set fashion trends for a generation of kids, adding instant popularity for the group. The five man group consisting of vocalist and front man John Lane better known as “Jani”, guitarist Erik Turner, bassist Jerry Dixon, the then guitarist Joey Allen and drummer Steven Sweet delivered an uncanny combination of hard rock and sweet radio friendly pop rock.   Read More!

The Mavericks - stamping own brand on music industry

After listening to country music group the Mavericks’ CD “Trampoline,” it’s apparent this is what you would call fusion in the truest sense. This elite group of musicians manages to capture the essence of traditional country music with a contemporary spin that bursts with excitement.   Read More!


"Sometime" is never enough time at restaurant chain

As the catchphrase of the advertisement for the Apple computer company says, people who succeed in business seem to have unique ideas. Setsuko Shinzato, owner of the restaurant and coffee house “Sometime,” is certainly no exception.   Read More!

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