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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Health

A Close-Up View of Undersea Life While Staying Dry

Have you ever wanted to get face to face with Okinawa’s beautiful sea dwellers without stepping foot into the ocean? A trip to the underwater observatory at Busena Resort makes it possible. Their slogan is “Kiss the fish” and indeed you are so close to the fish that you can almost touch them.   Read More!

The Ginowan Pinnacles: Short but very sweet diving

If the first three weekends in January are indicative of what our winter diving is going to be like then we are either going to spend the entire season down south on the protected beaches or we can try to sneak away on a short boat dive to one of my favorite and really nearby destinations for boat diving. This week I am going to suggest you find your warmest dive jacket and head down to any Marina and either rent a boat or organize a dive trip to the Pinnacles.   Read More!

Localbeat

In Celebration of Valentine’s Day

An appropriate poem for the one day in the year set aside for romantics is this love sonnet by William Shakespeare. We look at the origins and history of Valentine’s day on page 20 and a bit closer to home, on page 5 the mysteries of Love Motels are revealed.   Read More!

Mysteries of the Love Motel Revealed

Ok, we’ve all seen them; castle- and boat-shaped buildings, lighted driveways with neon signs shouting, “Mint House,” “Angel,” “Cleopatra.” I admit, I’m curious.   Read More!

Nature

Tangerine Picking Expedition Turns Sour

Orange juicy slices, sweet and succulent. The tangerine – there for the picking.   Read More!

Travel

Paradise Found at Taketomi Island

This past December I was lucky enough to have five or six days of vacation in a row, which I chose to spend wandering around the Yaeyama Islands. About as far from mainland Japan as one get without ending up in Taiwan, the Yaeyamas consist of two main islands, Ishigaki-jima and Iriomote-jima, and numerous smaller islands and islets between and beyond the two big ones.   Read More!

Education

The Kumon Method: Self-Learning at Own Pace

In classrooms throughout the world, 20 to 30 students of roughly the same age sit side by side, studying the same page of the same workbook. Most students are categorized as “average.   Read More!

Gourmet

Ippongushi - a Rare and Delicious Taste of the Mainland

In Chubu or middle Okinawa there is only one restaurant that specializes in mainland Japanese cooking, quite different from the Okinawan fare available everywhere else. Ippongushi, which has been open only a few months, is surrounded by Izakaya or traditional pubs, where local varieties of yakitori may be sampled.   Read More!

Opinion

If Marine Corps Can’t, Let Others Run Post Office

I have watched the services at the Camp Foster Post Office go from bad to worse over the numerous years I have been on island. The normal hours do not serve the customers’ needs, and even with numerous complaints, there is no improvement in sight.   Read More!

If I Were Okinawan I Would Hate Americans

In reply to “Anti Military Feud About Hate & Discrimination” letter in Jan 25-31 issue. First, let me say this.   Read More!

Local Media Are Not Biased, Just Bored

It seems like every American thinks the local media is biased and anti-American because they broadcast or publish articles about some crime that takes place on the island involving an American. Well, it’s their job to publish information to the public.   Read More!

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