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Health

The Stunning, Astounding, Majestic Great Wall of China

Of the many wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China certainly stands as one of the most intriguing. Built as an ancient defense against the Manchurians to the north, the Wall, stretching some 4,000 miles across China, is the only man-made structure on earth visible from outer space.   Read More!

The History of Classical Judo Before WW II

Judo was derived from Ju Jutsu. Thus, in order to understand the development of Judo, it is necessary to understand the history of Ju Jutsu, and bugei, or martial arts.   Read More!

Okinawa’s Only Known Wreck Discovered at Kouri-Jima

For avid divers on Okinawa there has always been the rumor of that elusive wreck dive. And many have scratched their heads as to why there aren’t more wrecks surrounding the largest battle of World War II.   Read More!

The Well Manicured Greens of Okinawa Royal Golf Club

Are you tired of scraping it around the same old golf courses week after week? Are you looking for a new challenge, a fresh place to lose yourself (and a half-dozen titleists) for a few hours? Well, read on fellow hackers, duffers and legitimate players, and I’ll tell you about a place nearby that may be just for you. I recently had the opportunity to tour the facilities of the Okinawa Royal Golf Club.   Read More!

Some Turtle Do's, Don’t's and Where to Find Them

Where are all the turtles? This may be the number one question that I get asked by dive buddies here on Okinawa. This review may help you locate and observe one of the most enchanting reptiles in our oceans, the turtle.   Read More!

Nature

Clean Beach Campaign Starts Again

It's that time of year again. Okinawa International Clean Beach Club (OICBC) will kick off the "I LOVE OKINAWA" Campaign 2001 on Sunday March 4th, with a coastal and underwater clean-up at Maeda Point, Onna Village from 10~12.   Read More!

Culture

Doll Festival Marks Onset of Spring

At this time of year department stores in Okinawa have clusters of richly decorated dolls on tiers of steps, covered in red cloth. They mark March 3, or Hina-matsuri, the Doll Festival or Girls' Day, which began in ancient China and came to Japan in the Edo period, in the 17th Century.   Read More!

Localbeat

Mobile Crematorium Service for Furry Friends

What to do when your beloved Rover or Felix passes away after years of devoted companionship? Instead of sadly marking their demise with no more ceremony than digging a hole in the garden and putting away the feeding bowls, an Okinawan company has come up with an alternative. The Okinawa Pet Funeral Service Center provides the appropriate ceremonial send-off now required by increasing numbers of animal lovers.   Read More!

Opinion

Marines Work Long Hours at Post Office

This is in answer to the letter about the Camp Foster Post Office in the Feb 8 edition. You said you have seen the services at Camp Foster post office go down in the past few years.   Read More!

Marine Corps Postal Service Strives for Excellence

In response to “If Marine Corps Can’t, Let Others Run Post Office.” First I would like to take this opportunity to commend the men and women of the Marine Corps Postal Offices throughout Okinawa who provide services above and beyond the call of duty.   Read More!

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