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Last Update: September 7, 2012


What's Going On Here?

Last week, we published a letter from SFC Anthony Maoire. He was writing to ask for help with the Torii Station Housing Office, and to see if there was any way possible for him to get some appliances for his home (now mainly a stove).   Read More!

The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, He lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of Plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney With presents to give, And to see just who In this home did live.   Read More!

Poll Analysis Notes

The figures presented below represent the opinions of those who accepted to participate in our poll. However, we took certain precautions to make sure that the results assure a serious and representative reading.   Read More!

Japan Update Readers Send Holiday Message Through Poll

Our office was literally swarmed with several faxes, and printed sheets containing feedback emailed to us from our Internet feedback device and numerous readers. We decided to take all the time we needed to make sure that all the counting, classification and categorization of the results would be accompanied by sound, professional presentation.   Read More!


7th Heaven is the New Place to Rock

In the city of rock, Okinawa City, another place for rockers to hang around is soon coming up. 7th Heaven, as it will be known, will open this Friday, December 17th in Koza.   Read More!

Los Tigres del Norte in Okinawa: Latino Air Blowing Over Island

Since the late ’60s, Los Tigres del Norte have been bringing their distinctive Nortena music to audiences, and they are still setting the standards which other Nortena bands must strive to attain. The founding members of this ever sensational Latin music group are the three Hernandez brothers, Jorge, Raul, Hernan, and their cousin Oscar Lara.   Read More!

Country Music's "Single White Female" Comes to Town

For Country music fans on the island, the place to be on Monday, January 17th, is Kadena's Marek Park. Chely Wright, an MCA Nashville recording artist will, on that day, perform at a free concert sponsored by the Kadena 18th Services Squadron.   Read More!

“Dressed to Kill” Fashon Show on Camp Kinser

This evening (Thursday, December 16th), a Men and Women’s Fashion Show codenamed “Dressed to Kill” will be the main event on Camp Kinser. MCCS is hosting the fashion show at the Kinser Surfside Ballroom.   Read More!

Kinser Youth to Host American-Japanese Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 18th, the Kinser Youth Center will be having an American/Japanese Christmas party. The party is for Kinser Youth Center Members and students of the Global Education Academy.   Read More!

Kwanzaa Festivities on the Horizon

The African American Culture Association is organizing a big Kwanzaa jamboree at the Kadena High School on Sunday, December 26th, 1999. Kwanzaa is an annual year end harvest festival celebrated mainly in the United States by people of African descent.   Read More!


Women’s Club Consecrates International Cultural Exchange

Okinawa International Women’s Club, hereafter OIWC, held it’s Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon at Butler Officers’ Club on Camp Foster on Monday December 6th. This annual holiday season Bazaar and Luncheon has been The OIWC’s biggest money-raising event for the past years, an occasion for the ladies to share their love and generosity with less fortunate people.   Read More!

Okinawa Military Lodge #68 Donates Toys for Tots

On Wednesday evening (December15th), there were smiles on the faces of children at the Nagomi Orphanage that lies not far from Camp Schwab. The Okinawa Military Masonic Lodge #68 donated to the poor children living there $700 worth of Christmas toys.   Read More!

Famous Okinawa Photographer on Camp Foster

Shokyu Otsuka, one of the rare Japanese photographers who has managed to capture every minute detail about Okinawa’s legendary beauty on camera lens, will be making a rare appearance at Camp Foster’s Book Mart on Thursday, December 23rd, from 1:00 - 6:00 PM. On that occasion, he will sign autographs and hold person-to-person discussions with all who show up to buy his famous book “Southern Breeze” in which he features the biggest collection of photos ever published by any one professional photographer on Okinawa.   Read More!


3F American Village Restaurant Offers Exotic Food with Salsa

On the third floor of what is probably the most attended amusement spot on the island - the “American Village” in Mihama, Chatan - a cool restaurant that has appeared. Known simply as 3F, it has a very casual atmosphere, a mix between a cafe and a club.   Read More!


‘Tis The Season…For Habu Snakes To Hibernate!

The season when our holiday activities increase is upon us once again. It is also the time of the year that Habu snake activities tend to increase as well.   Read More!


An Interview with Shima

JAPAN UPDATE: What is your most important source of inspiration? TAKESHI SHIMA: My inspiration comes from the beauty of every natural thing that surrounds me. Nature nurtures my art and controls my mind at all times.   Read More!

Discover Takeshi Shima: An Iconoclastic Potter, Looking at Pottery through the Eyes of Nature

As soon as one enters the gates of well-known potter and ceramist Takeshi Shima’s residence, there is a sudden overwhelming feeling that one is intruding upon the privacy of a forbidden sanctuary. Tucked away on a hill not far from the ancient ruins of Nakagusuku Castle, Shima is surrounded by nature at its loveliest - tall trees, lush greenery, mountains, and the sea.   Read More!


American Karate Women in Okinawa for Intensive Training

Five women from North Carolina traveled to Okinawa to learn more about karate, but ended up learning lessons about life. Since 1974, every 2 years, 10th Dan Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro has invited several students from abroad to visit him for two weeks of intensive training in karate.   Read More!


Santa Claus is Already Stationed at the Plaza House

Santa Claus, holiday lights, holiday music and decorated trees are no longer unique to the western world. Although Christmas is celebrated for different reasons here in Japan, these secular symbols can be seen throughout.   Read More!

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