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Travel

Kerama Islands - Okinawa's Hidden Treasure

Although most people consider the main island of Okinawa to hold an abundance of natural beauty, the outer islands may be the Prefecture's real hidden treasures. Stretching from north to south are 39 inhabited islands, 16 uninhabited islands, and over 100 tiny islets and sandbars.   Read More!

Community

Pre-Homecoming Bon Fire

On Friday, November 5, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.   Read More!

Air force Military Training Instructor

If you’ve ever wondered about the possibility of an assignment as an Air force Military Training Instructor (MTI), here’s where to get your answer. The 737th Training Group Recruit the MTI Team visits Kadena AB to give a briefing at 0900, on 1 Nov 99 in the Kadena Officers’ Club.   Read More!

Nago City planning to invite German Chancellor during Summit

On October 22nd, Friday, the Mayor of Nago City gave his blessings to plans of inviting German Prime Minister to a Friendship Appreciation Ceremony, which accommodates Dr. Scorebrand’s dedication to Airakuen, that is a leprosy medication facility in Nago City.   Read More!

ISO Gives New Voice to Foreign Residents

The "International Society of Okinawa" (ISO) was officially formed in May 1999 year by several foreign residents with the purpose of planning, or assisting in, volunteer or business activities geared towards promoting Okinawa. It currently has fifty members representing ten different countries, all of whom have a certain degree of expertise in different domains.   Read More!

International Tourism Conference Appraises Okinawa’ Potential

Tourism experts from several countries last week called on the United Nations Organization to “recognize and encourage responsible tourism development as a powerful deterrent to violence and war.” The appeal came at the end of an International Tourism Development Forum that took place at Nago City’s luxurious Busena Resort Hotel – the designated site for next year’s G-Summit.   Read More!

One Man's Dream - Aloha from Hawaii to Okinawa

In the year 1900, the first Okinawans arrived in Hawaii to work as laborers on pineapple and sugar plantations, hoping to find a better life to replace the one they left behind. Those early Okinawan immigrants took with them a custom known as yuimaru, which helped them to stick together and work as a community.   Read More!

33rd Candle for Okinawa’s Oldest Filipino Association

Okinawa’s largest Filipino association, known as the Filipino Community in the Ryukyu Islands (FILCOMRI), celebrated its 33rd anniversary on last Saturday, October 16th. FILCOMRI is a non-profit organization that brings together Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and Filipino-Japanese.   Read More!

Education

Jelly Beans Volunteer Group to Host English Conversation Class for Summit

A volunteer group known as Jelly Beans recently started hosting English Conversation Class for Women in Nago City. The main purpose of this conversation class, which commenced on Monday, October 18th, is to prepare participants for the Summit Meeting scheduled for next July in Nago City.   Read More!

Entertainment

Okiden Sugarhall Competition Now Open to Foreigners

With the aim of finding new musicians, the Sugarhall will present the 6th Okiden Sugarhall Competition and Debut Concert. Applications for the competition are presently being accepted from everyone interested, including foreigners of any origin.   Read More!

Maria Howell on Stage

Okinawa’s own lady of grace, Mary Howell, is currently beefing up her grand entrée into musical superstardom. With the recent release of her first solo album (“Peace of Mind”) still reverberating in fans’ minds, she will be communing with excited music lovers twice within the next few weeks.   Read More!

Naha Bankoku Festival to Bond Community

Naha City is fast gathering momentum for next year's G-8 Summit, with the "Naha Bankoku Festival" scheduled on November 7, which everyone on Okinawa is invited to attend. This first event of its kind will feature a variety of entertaining activities and performances geared at helping citizens to learn more about the G8 Summit.   Read More!

Culture

Year 2000 Summit PreEevent Planned for Oct. 23rd

Okinwan traditional music, Kumiodori, and Okinawan dances will be in performance as a pre-event of the Summit Meeting at the Gajumaru-Ryokuchi Plaza next to Hinpun Gajumaru (Big Banyan Tree, the symbol of Nago City) on Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 18:30.   Read More!

Culture and Tradition at Yomitan Matsuri

Yomitan's annual "matsuri" will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, at the Yomitan Village Athletic Park.   Read More!

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