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Culture

Nakagusuku Castle: A Spectacular Fifteenth-Century Fortress

There are approximately three hundred sites of castle ruins located throughout Okinawa, but none so extensive and well-preserved as those of Nakagusuku Castle. It was built by the Lord of Nakagusuku, Gosamaru Seishun, during the first half of the fifteenth century.   Read More!

Bonenkai – Uninhibited Party Time for Office Colleagues

It’s that time of year again, when Bonenkai celebrations take place all over Japan. Bonenkai literally means “year forgetting” and it is a time for company staff, members of clubs and groups of friends to eat, drink - particularly to drink - and be merry, getting together to forge closer bonds.   Read More!

Entertainment

Itoman City Lights Up For 2nd Peaceful Illumination Celebration

Nishizaki Shinsui Park in Itoman City will again be festooned in lights at the second annual Peaceful Illumination Celebration, when 1.3 million light bulbs set in trees and structures in the park are turned on Friday.   Read More!

Health

Okinawa’s Ice Hockey and Skating Possibilities

There is only one ice skating venue in Okinawa, Southern Rink, in the Sports World Southern Hill complex in Naha. The rink staked its claim to fame during the G8 Summit, when Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien went there and watched an ice hockey game between teams of Japanese and Canadian children.   Read More!

What a Diver really wants for Christmas

SCUBA Divers, a sub culture of water sports enthusiasts, are easily entertained by gadgets. This makes us some of the easiest people on earth to do Holiday shopping for.   Read More!

Gourmet

Me & You is where trends are set for dining and entertainment

One of the trendiest districts in Okinawa is the landfill area known as Hamby and Sunabe in Chatan. The area boasts a large number of restaurants that offer a wonderful variety of dishes.   Read More!

Opinion

Dog Seller Had No Malicious Intent

In response to the letter “ Beware of This Unscrupulous Dog Seller,” the readers of the highly respected Japan Update need to know the FULL story and not a bunch of half-truths. About the only accurate part of the letter was the fact that when the dog was delivered there was what looked like a skin rash on the dog’s ear.   Read More!

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