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The Origins of Classical Judo

In this second part of a series of three, Robert Anderson, a resident of Okinawa who is writing a book on the history of Judo, explains how the style evolved from Ju Jutsu. Ju Jutsu literally means the art of suppleness, flexibility, pliancy, or gentleness.   Read More!

Ie Shima: Exciting, Colorful and Amazingly Photogenic

On Ie Shima you can expect the most exciting wall diving on the island. Several sites offer perfectly vertical walls that are completely festooned with sea fans and cactus coral growing out from the walls.   Read More!


Imperial Figures of Hundreds of Flowers

The 14th Nago Chrysanthemum and Orchid Doll Exhibition runs until Saturday March 31. Its theme is the NHK TV History Drama, “Tokugawa Shoguns.   Read More!


Entrée: Enormous Pizzas at Tiny Prices

Entrée Pizza is a brightly painted, simply furnished place that has been open six months. A family run business, it is actually made out of two cargo containers joined together by father and son.   Read More!


Marines Should Get Out of Post Office

In response to the Gunny that wrote "Marines Work Long Hours at Post Office" in the March 1 issue. You have taken this entire subject personally.   Read More!

Open Letter to President Bush about Submarine Incident

Dear Mr. President: In the recent collision, the Japanese fisheries training ship Ehime Maru was sunk by the USS Greenville off the Coast of the Island of Oahu, State of Hawaii, and nine Japanese are still missing.   Read More!

Wreck Fever Might Make Dive Your Last

Rarely do I dust off my soapbox, however the recent articles appearing in Japan Update and Stars & Stripes about the “rediscovered” USS Emmons is an accident waiting to happen. Finding and diving on a supposedly undiscovered wreck brings on a childhood excitement like Christmas morning.   Read More!

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