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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Health

Hedo Dome - Challenging, Spooky Cavern Diving

At the very tip of Northern Okinawa rests Hedo Point. On the very infrequent, but much anticipated calm days of winter (or summer), Hedo Point harbors dive sites kept secret by any number of experienced divers here on Okinawa.   Read More!

Travel

Sailing Away From Civilization to Yoron Island

Tired of driving around the same island? Ready to risk a bit of an adventure among the really local inhabitants of these islands? If so, head on up to Motobu peninsula and take a ferry to Yoron Island. This small, picturesque island is located in the Kagoshima Prefecture and is about 15 Km at its widest point.   Read More!

Nature

Local Parks Offer Exciting Activities for Children

Whether you live in base housing or out in town, the dilemma of where to let your children play is an everyday problem. There are many parks around the island, but locating them is not always an easy task.   Read More!

Culture

Nakijin Castle, Magnificent, Gigantic Ancient Center of Power

In the outer reaches of Motobu Peninsula, the remaining walls of Nakijin Gusuku (Castle) stand like stone ghosts amidst the surrounding wild mountains. After having survived the ravages of war, countless typhoons, and the aging process of time, this once magnificent fortress has become a symbol of Okinawa's ancient past.   Read More!

Opinion

You Don’t Understand

The problem of allowing Okinawans access to military installations is not the real issue. It is not Okinawans that are restricted from military installations but CIVILIANS, both American and Okinawans.   Read More!

Reply--Why not allow Okinawans access to base?

In response to the Okinawans who wonder and dislike the security of the American bases, I would like to begin by saying military bases throughout the world have the SAME policy. In America, military bases are not OPEN to Americans unless they have a valid ID card.   Read More!

Base Restriction Ideas Not Practical

I would like to respond to the letter in Japan Update concerning allowing Okinawans free access to military bases on the island. First, let me point out that even in the United States, access to military bases are restricted to military personnel and family members.   Read More!

Don’t Cause Further Community Animosity

In response to "Dominic" (go figure no last name?), may I begin by saying that you are entitled to your opinion regarding access for Okinawans. But may I say a few things.   Read More!

No Access to Bases in US Either

I am writing this letter in response to "why not allow Okinawans access to bases?". I would first like to start by stating that the past three years spent in Okinawa have been some of the finest years of my life.   Read More!

Life at “Club Med” Full of Restrictions

I don’t expect this to be printed because I know by the material in your paper that if an article doesn’t make the U.S.   Read More!

Military Bases Are Not Shopping Malls

It was very disturbing and upsetting to read the comments by Dominic in your Jan 5th issue about the American Military bases and the restricted access to them. First and foremost, let no one forget they are, have been, and will continue to be MILITARY bases.   Read More!

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