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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Vitamin Supplement Cornucopia Arrives in Okinawa

A new source of vitamin supplements became available this month in Okinawa. GNC (General Nutrition Center) has opened in the Camp Foster Market Mall, the first presence in Asia of the 68 year old Pennsylvania based franchise.   Read More!

My Favorite Time of Year To Dive

On more than one occasion I have been asked, "What is your favorite time of year to dive?" or the more often Internet query is "What is the best time of year to dive Okinawa?" Both are valid questions since many times seasonal weather has a lot to do with determining when conditions are most conducive to sliding in and out of the deep blue and gaining the most smile for your buck! My unequivocal answer is: "Winter, just plain old Winter." The cooler weather and shorter days that cause less solar heating of the waters surrounding Okinawa combine to add just a little chill to the water (not COLD, just chilly) which I think gives Okinawa a real season.   Read More!


The "East-West Family" Christmas Art Show & Sale

There are extreme differences in the opportunities for achievement between Okinawan and American quadriplegics. Most Americans have noticed that buildings throughout Okinawa are not wheelchair accessible.   Read More!

Gushikawa Shopping Center – Here I Come!

According to my friend, it’s an American tradition to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year, and if everyone didn’t do their part, the malls would be barren.   Read More!


Extraordinary, Stylish Hong Kong, Where Shopping is an Art Form

Just a 2-hour plane ride from Naha, Hong Kong is an excellent long-weekend getaway, a city where eastern and western culture come together to form a fascinating, cosmopolitan destination. Hong Kong is actually divided into three areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.   Read More!


Cool, Cono! a Latin Hangout Above the Average

The Cool, Cono! Latin House (whose name was the subject of a recent controversy in the Japan Update letters column) is a bright, welcoming place, decked out in primary colors and run by a husband and wife team. It has decorations from various South American countries around the walls, pulses to a Latin beat and is open until the small hours.   Read More!


Dogged Out

If you’re thinking of buying a dog while here on Okinawa, think twice. I recently responded to an ad under the “Pets” section of the Japan Update Classifieds.   Read More!

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