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Health

Sunabe’s “First Door”-A Great Place for That Initial Dive

Okinawa is a paradise island for scuba divers and snorklers. It has beautiful clear waters, tropical fish and coral in abundance.   Read More!

Culture

Ikebana Brings "Friendship through Flowers"

In 1957 the first brick of a long bridge was set. The bridge began as a project to link two very different cultures that shared the same space on a small island.   Read More!

Sea Wall Murals – Okinawa’s Ephemeral Fine Art

If you take a walk by the ocean in Mihama, you may come across some remarkably good murals painted on the inside of the sea wall. This is a fairly well hidden location, making the murals all the more of a surprise when you do come across them.   Read More!

Gourmet

How About Some Pickled Pig’s Ear or Goat Soup?

Have you tried Okinawan food? Oh, I’m sure you’ve tried soki soba, taco rice, or even lesser known dishes like okazu or champuru, and those are indeed dishes that are representative of Okinawan. But what about other Okinawan specialties, the kind that you can’t get on base and only the locals seem to appreciate? Read on and I’ll tell you about some real Okinawan food.   Read More!

Goya: The Ugly, Bitter, Life Saving Beauty Aid

Have you ever wondered who was the first deranged lunatic to eat a snail? Was he starving in the middle of the desert, crazed by dehydration, and in attempt to survive, reached for that slimy critter and named it "escargot"? And was it the same guy who discovered the culinary benefits of blue cheese, octopus and menudo? Whatever the case, Okinawa has contributed admirably to this unsavory food group. The goya, notorious for its unrelenting bitterness, has perhaps the most hideous appearance of all foods.   Read More!

Noodles Are More Nutritious Than Chicken, Beef or Cheese

In Japan, the story goes that when Buddhist monks climbed into the high mountains for long and arduous retreats they carried with them only a cooking pot and a sack of ground buckwheat. So nutritious was the buckwheat that they were able to survive for weeks on it alone.   Read More!

Blue Seal Brings Bagels, Coffee and More…

Since 1948, Blue Seal has been famous in Japan for delicious American-style ice cream. "Born In America…" is still part of the company’s slogan, even though it has passed ownership from American to Dutch to Japanese.   Read More!

How Canned Meat Made Its Way Into Okinawan Cooking

After World War II, Okinawans faced great hardship, as they had to rebuild their lives and were in desperate need of food. The American military helped the Okinawans by giving them rations of canned meats and other foods.   Read More!

Opinion

Kinser Castaways Feted on Ishigaki Island

This story was written by a sixth grader at Kinser Elementary School about the trip to Ishigaki Island earlier this month. The classmates were visiting Ohama Elementary School, an annual outing which started two years ago when some Ohama pupils found a message in a bottle.   Read More!

Accident Victim Will Be All Right - Thanks For Anonymity

I would like to thank Stephen Carr for writing the article, "Even After Tragedies, Hope Springs External". The guy he wrote about is a family friend for a very long time.   Read More!

Your Story on Water Safety May Save a Life

Thank you for printing a very nice article on Water Safety! You did a fine job of presenting some very important information. With any luck your efforts may have saved at least one life this year.   Read More!

Community

Rare Zeal Makes Ignorant Military Man

This story is about Robert Oechsle, from Pennsylvania, who arrived in Okinawa in 1973, believing at first he was stationed on an island off Africa. Later he settled here and married his island Lolita.   Read More!

The Reporter's Life: Assaulted by Heads of State, Risking His Skin in Afghanistan

John Simpson is a reporter who has been all over the world, risking his life almost as a matter of routine. Both the British Prime Minister and the President of Austria have been punching lesser hazards.   Read More!

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