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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Nature

Festival Celebrates Being Kind To Animals

The Naha Animal Control Facility sponsored its 10th annual Animal Protection Festival on Saturday at the Okinawa Zoo and Children’s Park in Okinawa City. The event, which is held every September in celebration of “Be Kind To Animals Week,” featured a number of children’s activities, including a ring toss, face painting, and a demonstration of various wild animal calls.   Read More!

Community

Local Attorney in the Spotlight for Work in Children's Rights

For local Attorney, Annette Eddie-Callahain, the pro-bono work that attorneys usually do in a limited capacity, has become a full-time mission. For more than a year she has been fighting for children's rights - helping moms in receiving much-needed support from dads that have moved back to the states.   Read More!

Culture

500 Years of Yomitan’s History in Stone, Pottery, Painting and Cloth

As I walked through the forest of pine trees leading to the Zakimi Castle ruins, I could almost imagine what it might have been like during the fifteenth century. The castle sits atop a mountain, which allows a strategic view of the East China Sea.   Read More!

Nakamura House: 200 Year Old Architectural Beauty

Tucked away from the main roads and busy shopping areas is one of the oldest and most impressive pieces of Okinawa’s rich cultural heritage; Nakamura House. The residence dates back to the mid-1700s and was built in the style typical of houses on mainland Japan during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods (1185-1572).   Read More!

Health

Kadena North – An Interesting, Beautiful and Easily Accessible Dive

For divers that may not have the time to drive up north to the more isolated dive sites above Bolo, Maeda, and Onna an area just outside Kadena's Gate 4 makes it very easy to get in some great morning (before work) or late afternoon (after work) dives. The concrete steps reaching all the way into the water makes your entry almost effortless and the underwater terrain remains as beautiful and interesting as Sunabe's Sea Wall.   Read More!

Entertainment

KiC'n It in Okinawa!

Kickflip, Nosegrind, Ollie, 180, and Half Pipe are just a few words I added to my vocabulary last weekend as pro-skateboarders from Kyoto, Japan, were doing a demo-ride/photo shoot in Okinawa. The pro team PARTY 103 (Ten Three), sponsored by Hide Life Gear from Kyoto, visited Okinawan clubs and skated throughout the island.   Read More!

Gourmet

Six Flavored Coffee Snack Bar Opens in Mihama

Mani Caffe is a newly opened coffee shop in the Carnival Park below the Big Wheel in Mihama. It is a clean bright place with potted plants and plenty of seating space outside on the deck or on its own balcony, with a fine view of the bright lights of Mihama.   Read More!

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