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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Musicians have advantage in Okinawa

Jason Melton, a guitarist and vocalist with rock group Zero Faith is also one of the key persons working hard to establish a bridge over the gap between American and Japanese communities. He helps to exchange music and friendships between American and Okinawan musicians, both young and old.   Read More!

Chibi brings Ryukyu Magic to audiences

Early music on Okinawa called "omoro" began with the rhythmic beat of hand clapping and primitive drums. "Taiko" drums are a direct link to that early period in music.   Read More!

Home of rock’n roll in Japan

The best time that I had on Okinawa was at the 1985/86 New Year’s Eve Rock Concert that took place on Ikei Island, where the Big Time Resort now stands. There were a lot of bands on the ticket with the headliner being Murasaki.   Read More!

Talk between two generations

George Murasaki was the key person who helped create Okinawan Rock. We interviewed him and his son Ray, who is following his father’s footsteps as a musician.   Read More!

Home of Okinawan Rock is Koza

In Okinawa, June 9 is a day dedicated to rock music. The date comes from Japanese for the numbers six (June) roku and nine ku, -- “roku” combined with “ku” is “rokku,” the Japanese pronunciation for “rock.   Read More!


Was I in for a big surprise

Hello, my name is Mike Milton. Wow, was I surprised to see your request for Okinawa Rock Memories in the May 31 Japan Update! Some of my best memories of Okinawa and it's people are centered around a rock band.   Read More!


Loretta Claiborne to participate in Kadena Special Olympics Program

The Day has finally arrived when the athletes will take their mark and demonstrate their true competitive spirit of accomplishment and pride on Saturday, 16 June, at the 2001 Special Olympics, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan. Come join the Kadena Special Olympics Committee (a chartered, private volunteer organization at Kadena) in partnership with the municipalities of Okinawa City, Kadena Town, Chatan Town, and the Okinawa Prefecture Government with the help of many co-partners island-wide in sponsoring the Second Annual Kadena Special Olympic Games.   Read More!


I first purchased a Zeagle Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) four years ago and was really pleased that I could attach twin tanks to it without a major renovation of the BCD. I like the Zeagle but I was really surprised when a set of Zeagle Twins showed up at the dive site last Sunday.   Read More!


Authentic Chinese Restaurant Ready To Boom Among Gourmets

Zee Sai Lik, the Shanghai-born chef of Suika-Rou, spent years in Hong Kong and New York before finally settling to Okinawa 25 years ago. Six months ago Zee opened his new restaurant in Kadena Town’s Shinmachi Street, and once people discovered his place, he has won raves from gourmets who swear that his restaurant serves the best and most authentic Chinese fare on this side of Shanghai.   Read More!

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