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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Sand-money Beach Offers Fun for Whole Day

In the mood for trolling around the island? Head out to collect some sand-dollars with your youngsters and have a wonderful time while doing it! Last weekend, I headed out in a car laden with children, snacks, game boys (to keep them occupied and the noise level down), and an atmosphere of curiosity, which was exciting as we ventured to the Northern part of Okinawa. When we reached Ginoza, we weaved through several streets and alleys, which housed an older population of Okinawans.   Read More!

A Guide to the White Sandy Beaches

It is springtime and the kids are soon going to be out of school for an entire week. Mom, are you tired of reef walks? Dad are you fatigued with having to carry the little ones across the sea urchin filled limestone that graces most of our shores? Well if so, and with the impending free time of children soon to be at your doorstep, please read on because I want to share with you some of the best BEACHES, NOT REEFS, the island has to offer.   Read More!


Haninsu Ginowan, ¥100 Mecca with Games, Clothes, Shoes and Food

Okinawa’s newest shopping center is Haninsu Ginowan which consists of eight separate stores clustered around a giant forecourt. It has many of the features familiar with other superstores such as Makeman in Mihama, but a couple of interesting differences.   Read More!


Ginoza High School Baseball Team Surprises in Koshien

The baseball team of the tiny Okinawan village of Ginoza, surprised everyone, and certainly not most of all themselves by priceeding all the way to the semifinals at the prestigious annual Sring High School Baseball Championship Tournament played at Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture over the past week. Ginoza defeated Gifu Dai-ichi from Gifu prefecture 7 to 2 in the first round on Saturday.   Read More!


Arrogant Attitude of Scuba “Professionals”

In response to the person who wrote "Torii Scuba Gods Look Down On Us" in the March 22nd edition of the paper. You are so right! I have been diving on Okinawa for 18 years, and Although I also Do Not frequent Torii Scuba Locker, and never will again, I must say that Torii is not the only Scuba Snobs around town.   Read More!

I Challenge You to Live Like a Local

For the woman who wrote the article The Balancing Is Easier on Okinawa on page 8 of last week's Japan Update, I have a few words for you. MY first comment is STAY HERE if you think it is so much better then the freedom of our wonderful home country.   Read More!

Military Crimes Deserve Greater Media Coverage

American readers probably missed the recent Japanese news coverage of a JSDF member accused of molesting a local girl. There were headlines, lengthy articles, front page photos of top military brass apologizing to civilian politicians.   Read More!

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