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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Culture

Kalakaua and the history of hula

Recently, a local group of talented hula dancers, Kalakaua, was personally invited by Uncle George Naope and Aunty Bernie to participate in the 21st Annual King David Kalakaua Invitational Hula Festival on the Big Island of Hawaii on Nov. 15, 16 and 17.   Read More!

Health

NFL Cheerleaders visit Okinawa

Six NFL All Star Cheerleaders representing the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, and the Miami Dolphins came to Okinawa last weekend to bring a taste of home to the island.   Read More!

Major League All-Star Dale Murphy to speak on Okinawa

Attention, baseball lovers! Seven-time Major League baseball All-star Dale Murphy will be visiting Okinawa to speak at the Church of Latter-Day Saints Futenma Building on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 7 to 8 p.   Read More!

Sports Depot caters to every sports, and then some

Those who have complained the lack of variety when it comes to buying sports goods can stop now. The whining is over, the help can be found at Sports Depot, a new large store that is a part of a shopping complex in Omoromachi, Naha City.   Read More!

Half way there

Just off the coast of Naha are two little sand spits that provide divers, snorkelers, and kayakers a great, and inexpensive getaway from shore diving without the hour-long (or longer) boat ride to the Kerama Islands. Sand Island sits about half way between Naha and the Kerama Islands.   Read More!

Gourmet

Home-cooked Mexican dishes

Mexican Restaurant Caboo in Chatan aims to become the newest trendsetter among local restaurants, according to restaurant manager Toyomi Takushi. The 28-year old speaks with conviction of someone who took a chance and gave up a dull but safe career as an “office lady” in a big company, and switched to a much less secure but challenging job of managing a Mexican-style restaurant a year ago.   Read More!

Café Pati is “For You”

Whether you are looking for good food, good times, or good music, you can’t go wrong in giving Café Pati a visit. Located on BC Street, Pati is the home of salsa sensation the Diamantes, a group that has achieved widespread success throughout Japan.   Read More!

Community

An officer and a writer

Growing up in East Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York in the 1970s was fascinating and inspiring for a young boy from “the Islands.” After all, who wouldn’t want to experience the city that never sleeps.   Read More!

Entertainment

Something new: Live House Hopping Tours

Koza Dream Net and various rock live houses in the Koza area have invented a way to try to get tourists and others to check out the rock and roll scene Koza has become known for over the past twenty years. Live House Hopping Tours, their invention, is a way for customers to buy a ticket for a given day, meet the tour at a designated location, and then go on a tour visiting each of the designated rock live houses in the Koza area.   Read More!

Opinion

We all are here together

I currently work at one of the Concessions in the BX marketplace and am appalled by the way some of our customers treat my fellow co-workers and me. I have worked in the customer service field all my life and never have I been so verbally abused and treated with such disrespect than I have been while working with this military community.   Read More!

Thanks R.C., you deserve it

As an avid member of the local SCUBA community here in Okinawa, I was moved by our friend John Chandler’s recent article in the July 27th edition of Japan Update. John pointed out exactly what many people on this SCUBA paradise already know…diving is very safe here.   Read More!

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