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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Dive Site: The Junkyard at Sunabe

This week you will not have to drive far to appreciate the beauty of the Underwater World here on Okinawa. The junkyard is one of the most popular, and local, dive sites near Kadena.   Read More!

Weekend Warriors

From Monday to Friday Shigeru works at Naha Port. Today however is Sunday and that’s why he has a SR16 M4 Carbine rifle in his hands and a grin on his face.   Read More!


Okinawa international chorus June concerts

The Okinawa Chorus, a group of around 30 American and Japanese singers, will hold their second annual concert in early June. The founder and director of the group is Consul George T.   Read More!


Memoirs of a pseudo geisha

There are few things that are more synonymous with traditional Japanese life than the geisha. Accomplished in the arts of dance, tea ceremony and music the geisha were the entertainers of the Japanese tea-houses.   Read More!


Language teachers learn methods of peace education

Peace and language education are not two different matters, nor difficult to teach for teachers, but can both be taught at the same time, having opportunities to discover what students think about peace. Kip Cates, a professor at the Tokyo School of the Columbia University, and Tottori National University in Japan recently gave a presentation to foreign-language teachers and other interested people in a class at the Okinawa Christian Junior College.   Read More!


Special sauce

Big Bull steak restaurant manager Yoshiharu Oshiro says that “Once a customer tries our special steak sauce, they become addicted to its taste and keep coming back for more.” But Oshiro is quick to add, “Since this is our secret, we cannot tell what the ingredients are.   Read More!


Discrimination at restaurant

Does anyone recall the foreigner in mainland Japan (about 1-2 years ago) who was denied entrance to a Japanese establishment? The person pursued a lawsuit through the Japanese legal system and won the case. Despite what some may think, denying a person access to a public establishment without cause is illegal here in Japan.   Read More!

Daughter found safe

After nearly 30 days of unauthorized absence, my daughter Pfc Jodi Jarboe has voluntarily returned top the base. She is safe and has not been abused, as I had feared.   Read More!

To the good and kind people of Okinawa

My name is Frank Escobeo Sr. I would like to present my son, Rocky Escobedo's story to all the readers of Japan Update.   Read More!

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