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Travel

Rediscover Hong Kong, "The Fragrant Harbor"

Festivities marking the arrival of New Year 2000 in Hong Kong were nothing less than sensational! Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world - after Kiribati and Tonga, then New Zealand, Australia and Japan, among others - to ring in the New Millennium. That fact made celebrations all the more exciting.   Read More!

Education

AKA Sorority Sponsors Essay Contest

During this month of January, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Ladies of Distinction on Okinawa will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their IVY AKAdemy by sponsoring a 500-650-word essay contest. The essay contest is open to students, ages 14-18.   Read More!

Free Basic Japanese Language Classes

The Kadena Family Support Center’s Cultural Awareness Program will be organizing basic Japanese Language Classes Mondays and Wednesdays, from January 17th through February 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.   Read More!

Nago Chamber of Commerce and Industry Starts English Class

Starting Tuesday, January 11th, the Nago City Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched English Conversation Classes for businessmen,shop owners and other workers of Nago City. The English Conversation Classes are aimed at shedding light on the importance of English for those who are engaged in managing businesses, especially in view of the increase of foreign tourists to Okinawa, the host prefecture of the G8 Summit Meeting coming up in barely seven months from now.   Read More!

Okinawa’s Pioneer Amerasian Institution Faces Brighter Future

What started as a seperation from the biggest International School in Okinawa, due to reports of its new campus being built on top of an industrial waste dump, has now become a pedestal for addressing issues of Amerasians on Okinawa and - at times - throughout the country. This small, yet lively school stands between MCAS Futenma and the waters of the East China Sea, promising to bring the needs of biracial children to the forefront in the 21st Century.   Read More!

Shopping

Okinawa Original Tent Sale Introduces Unique Island Icons

What are the advantages of Habu Sake? What do the Shi-shi dogs represent in the eyes of the Okinawan people? What is the secret behind of the Okinawans’ legendary longevity? Due to its uniqueness and peculiarity, many who are exposed to the culture of Okinawa for the first time cannot help but wonder about it. However, for those whose bewilderment still lags, the opportunity to get a clue is now: it is at the Okinawa Original event at the Kadena Service Mall.   Read More!

Culture

Japanese Traditional Holiday Celebrates “Coming-of-Age”

For the most part of Monday, January 10th, the lot in front of the Okinawa City Hall was crowded with excited 20-year olds dressed in traditional Japanese attire. One giddy participant in a beautiful black, gothic-theme, kimono admitted having spent a “modest” $700 on her hair alone.   Read More!

“Cha-No-Yu” Lesson at Family Support Center

A Japanese Tea Ceremony class (“Cha-No-Yu”) will be held on Wednesday, January 19th at the kadena Family Support Center, Building 99, from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m.   Read More!

Health

The Everlasting Virtues of Traditional Folk Medication

Many people may wonder what the folk medicine is. In short, folk medicine is the fruit of the wisdom of ancestors.   Read More!

Hysterectomy Can Boost Sexual Life

A recent scientific study in the United States revealed that many women with gynecological problems, who undergo a hysterectomy, have more and better sex after surgery. The researchers also suggested that the main reason for the renewed sexual appetite is perhaps because the women feel healthier and have less fear of becoming pregnant.   Read More!

USO Okinawa to Host Golf Fundraiser

The USO will be organizing its Friendship Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, January 28th, at the Kadena Golf Course. Those who wish to participate in the charity competition should register as soon as possible at the Kadena USO.   Read More!

Fun Run for Martin Luther King, Jr.

The National Naval Officers Association will be hosting an open 5/10 kilometer run in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Read More!

Entertainment

Club Rhapsody: Meeting Point for Live Music Fans

Importing famous bands and booking talented performance artists, that respond to the demands of an increasingly eclectic audience have been the leading leitmotifs for R. Dureil Farnell since he became the MCCS Entertainment Director.   Read More!

Gourmet

“Small but Tasty” Restaurants Set New Trend on Island

In many cities and towns, some eateries immediately attract diners by the strength of the aroma coming from their kitchens. “Fancy” may not be the right word to describe such restaurants, yet they have something nice and warm about them that franchise restaurants would never be able to offer.   Read More!

Community

Understanding the Air Force’s New Childcare Program

The number of families with both parents in the workplace increases each day, forcing parents to make critical decisions about who will care for their children. In the United States alone, numerous cases of abuse have resulted in both costly lawsuits and a mistrust of the growing institution we call childcare.   Read More!

Veterinary Fees 20% Higher on Kadena

Since Monday, January 10th, the Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) on Kadena Air Base has been applying new fees on all its goods and services. A 20% hike is being implemented for veterinary care for privately owned animals of SOFA-status personnel.   Read More!

Martin Luther King

This week, several occasions, from prayer breakfasts to fun runs, are being organized to mark the anniversary of the famous American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. His birthday is now celebrated as a National Holiday in the United States.   Read More!

Opinion

What's Going On Here?

Do You Really Know this Island? To whom it may concern, I just read an article in the 12/30 issue written by Cass Kanevil "What's Going On Here?" I would like to pose the question to her about her statement..   Read More!

Keep Your Hope Alive!

Someone has said that man can live for forty days without food, three days without water, eight minutes without air and just one second without hope! Feeling of hopelessness is one of the main reasons why a discouraged and despondent person opted to take his/her life. Service members must encourage each other everyday.   Read More!

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