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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Localbeat

Okinawa Military Lodge No. 68

Okinawa Military Lodge No. 68 presented three $500.   Read More!

Hundreds of G8 Summit Volunteers Translates into Big Job For Naha Firm

A specialized language and communications firm, led by a noted female entrepreneur, is training a group of about 600 men and women who have volunteered their time and skills for the upcoming Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit. Yukiko Miyazato, President of The Executive Link, spoke about her company's involvement in the Summit and its preparations, as well as what it means for Okinawa.   Read More!

Travel

France: Eventful History and Modern Ability to Punch Above its Weight

We continue our series of profiles of countries that will participate in the G8 Summit. Today we look at France: its antecedents the current government and G8 Agenda.   Read More!

Culture

Himeyuri No To - Remembering the Tragedies of War

"For those who died and for those who survived." - Himeyuri Alumnae This Friday, June 23rd, Okinawa Prefecture will honor those who died during the Battle of Okinawa.   Read More!

Three of Okinawa's Most Fascinating Castles

Permanent fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man" said General George S. Patton in North Africa in 1942.   Read More!

Health

Coco Garden Resort, Hideaway Over the Bay with Unbeatable Prices

One of Okinawa's undiscovered gems is the Coco Garden Resort. The hotel has a special low rate for island residents (not available to overseas visitors) and there is still time to take advantage of it before the offer expires at the end of this month.   Read More!

The High Noon Sun Illuminates Purple Pink and Yellow Algae

The weekend weather is heating up as we look toward the long hot summer here on Okinawa. Here is another great site for the whole family.   Read More!

Entertainment

Saturday Night Is Fight Night At The Kamikaze Club

The gloved fighters enter the dramatically lit rink. In the darkness a crowd of smokers and fans fill the air with enthusiastic profanities and cheers.   Read More!

Opinion

Really There

I have lived in Okinawa for over sixteen years and retired from the military. I think Japan Update is doing a very good job and I hope you continue to do so.   Read More!

Gourmet

Coffee Story Update

A while back I wrote a story on coffee and offered several suggestions for places on Okinawa that sell inexpensive coffee. Well, while seeing a friend off at the Naha airport and walking to the departure gate we came across this little donut shop that sold coffee for 100 yen.   Read More!

Breakfast of Champions, Japanese Style

Wherever you are in the world, you’re probably not going to get an argument to the steadfast American adage of breakfast being the most important meal of the day. In Japan, however, the importance of the first meal of the day encompasses far more than nutritional value; just as significant, breakfast has to be equally palatable.   Read More!

Shopping

Half-Price, Late-Night Bargains At The Grocery Store

One of the activities that have become part of my daily routine is late evening grocery shopping at either of the two supermarkets in my neighborhood. By late evening I mean about 30 minutes before the store closes for the night.   Read More!

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