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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Salsa dance is self-expression

Erik Rodriguez is one of the best-known Salsa dance instructors on Okinawa. Born and raised in New York City, Erik started dancing at an early age but says that the dance has become more of a focal point in his life since moving to Okinawa.   Read More!

The King and His Court hit the diamond

Baseball has long been America's favorite pastime sport, but this is your chance to come out and enjoy watching the sport and see a magic show of sorts at the same time. On September 22, The King and His Court will play against Kadena's All-Star Softball Team in a game destined to go down as one of Okinawa's most interesting in a long time.   Read More!

Mangoes, Mangroves, and Mantas!

Few families can boast that they own an island in the Pacific but I have found that there are no strangers to the families on Yap and the family I get to visit has pet Manta Rays that you can play with and photograph everyday. Last Spring year myself and eight fellow adventurers traveled from Okinawa to Yap, an island in Micronesia just below Guam and above Palau.   Read More!


Band Profile: Kachimba 1551

Kachimba 1551 is one of Okinawa's most well known Latin bands and can be seen at various performances around the island. Comprised of twelve talented Salsa musicians, the band recently released their first studio album Va A Pasar on August 21 and will be making several performances over the next few months.   Read More!

Brown Pride Entertainment

Carlos Weckmann and his crew of Salsa promoters have been hard at work over the past two years bringing the sounds of Salsa to Okinawa through their production group Brown Pride Entertainment. "We were already doing hip hop parties, but we saw that there wasn't much Salsa out here so we got involved," says Carlos.   Read More!

Baroque brass comes alive with best modern experts

Baroque music used to be played in European Courts in the 17th and 18th century. In the British traditions, brass music has taken an outstanding role.   Read More!

Trio singing in harmony charms audiences

“B4” or “Brothers Forever” is a trio that sings with such a beautiful harmony that captivates their audience with such intensity that they shut everything else off and just concentrate on listening. I used to wonder why their songs tug at people’s hearts so much, but now I know why.   Read More!

Pollo Rico

This family-run restaurant is a good introduction to Peruvian cuisine. Run by Fernando de las Casas Kohatsu, Pollo Rico has a cozy setting with tapestries of rural scenes on the walls depicting Indian natives of Peru.   Read More!

Cafe Pati

Home of the acclaimed Salsa band “The Diamantes,” Cafe Pati is a great place to visit for some good food and live entertainment. Frequented by The Diamantes and Kachimba 1551, you can always hear great music here.   Read More!

Pastele Brazil

Many students from the Okinawa City school district flood into this eatery as soon as the school ends for the day. Serving many of its original Brazilian snacks, this place has become a favorite to students and locals alike.   Read More!

Cool, Cono!

Many of the other Latin venues on Okinawa say that Cool, Cono! is a place where the more experienced Salsa dancers are likely to visit. This club, located right outside Camp Foster's Commissary Gate, has a very classy, comfortable interior and friendly atmosphere.   Read More!

Bomba Latina

Located directly across the street from the Americaya Army/Navy surplus store on Kokusai Street in Naha, Bomba Latina has more of a club-style feel than Salsatina but is a little less suitable for dancing than Latin Soul, as the floors are made of concrete. Still, people frequently visit Bomba Latina for a night of dancing to great Salsa music.   Read More!


Salsatina is another great place to get your feet wet in the world of Salsa in Okinawa, but the food is more original than any of the other Salsa establishments we interviewed. They have a wide selection of Latino foods to choose from, and everything we tried was immensely delicious and spicy! As you walk up the stairs, through the outside balcony, and into Salsatina, the sounds and smells of Salsatina will immediately awaken your senses, and you might find your feet involuntarily tapping the ground to the upbeat Salsa music.   Read More!

Viva! Latin Connections!

As the 4th of July is a day of mass celebration for all Americans, the 16th of September marks a very special date for the Hispanic community, for it was on this day that Mexico began its struggle for independence from Spain. On this day in 1810, Miguel Hidalgo shouted, "El Grito de Dolores (The cry in the village named Delores) Long live Independence! Long live America! Death to bad government," from the Balcony of the Parish of Nuesto Senora de Los Delores (means Our Lady of Sorrows).   Read More!


Romantic Pasta House provides reasonable priced pastas and intimate atmosphere

For people looking for a romantic place to dine, a visit to Kitaru, a pasta restaurant in Mihama, Chatan Town might be in order. The restaurant has a very romantic interior for couples to share, and at lunchtime the place is also very popular among office ladies in that area.   Read More!

Latin Soul

If you are reluctant to dive headfirst into a new culture, you might be more at ease visiting Latin Soul for your first sample of the Salsa scene on Okinawa. Located less than a kilometer away from Futenma, Latin Soul is located just across the street from Oyama Elementary School, a little ways past the Futenma turn if you are driving south on route 58.   Read More!


46 years of All-Island Eisa Festival

The annual “All-Island Eisa Festival” will take place at the Koza Athletic Park in Okinawa City this weekend. This year’s festival marks the 46th time of the event.   Read More!


Key Figure: Edo Heinrich-Sanches

Edo Heinrich-Sanches is one of Okinawa's most active Hispanic Americans and was voted Hispanic of the Year in 1998 by the Okinawa Hispanic-American Association. Born a U.   Read More!


Help needed at Tomari Cemetery

Tomari International Cemetery located downtown Naha city is the final resting place for many of our nations veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9723, the sponsor for the monthly cleanup of Tomari needs the help of the community to keep Tomari presentable.   Read More!

What’s wrong with some people

It has been observed by some of my friends and myself an ever-growing trend on Okinawa military installations. I’m sure many people have either done it or witnessed it or heard about it.   Read More!

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