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More Okinawan Tradition

Nengajo: A most important New Year’s task The busiest person in Japan during the New Year’s season is the mailman, since virtually all individuals and businesses send New Year’s cards called “nengajo” to friends, relatives, acquaintances, customers and business associates. Almost 4 billion cards are sent every year, and as the Post Office holds the cards to be delivered all together on Jan.   Read More!

Otoshidama means happiness for children

If there’s one reason why children in Okinawa look forward to New Year’s, it’s the custom of receiving ”otoshidama,” or New Year’s money. Parents, grandparents and relatives hand out money to all children in small envelopes made specifically for this purpose and available at all stores.   Read More!


Lighting up the winter nights

The third annual 1,300,000 Citizens’ Peace Illumination Parade continues to light up the evening in Itoman City’s Nishizaki Park. The display opened on Dec.   Read More!

Osaka Monorail – King of Soul

Jazz and soul music group Osaka Monorail will be performing an event called “Apollo Theater” at Cranberry Double on the seventh floor of the mega-shopping complex, Opa, on Kokusai Street in Naha on Saturday, Dec. 29.   Read More!

The Side Door, IS down-home American bar

A new bar recently opened in the heart of Kadena’s Gate 2 Street. “The Side Door was created for the 30-and-up crowd,” says Bill, manager of The Side Door.   Read More!

New Years Events

Count Down Parties On Base Whut Entertainment Presents The Players Ball 2001 Date: Dec 31, 2001 Start 9 p.m.   Read More!


Help sought in returning sword

I am looking for someone to assist me in a great act of honor. My grandfather was a China Marine in WWII and spent another 20 in the Army.   Read More!

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