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Hotel Grand Mer opens, offers great rates for military

After twelve years of vacancy, Hotel Grand Mer has finally opened its doors for business! Mer was built over a decade ago but never successfully opened for business until recently. Now, the hotel is preparing to revolutionize the Okinawan hotel industry by taking a fresh, new stance.   Read More!

Culture

Venture into the Ryukyu Kingdom's exciting past

Okinawa’s rich cultural heritage and history is steeped in the centuries of living as the Ryukyu Kingdom. More than 70,000 items and artifacts chronicling the life and times of the Ryukyu Kingdom which preceded Okinawa being part of Japan are contained in the Prefectural Museum in Naha.   Read More!

Community

Civilian Spotlight – Larry Soenen

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — As the only U.S.   Read More!

Junior enlisteds get new passes; Liberty standdown this weekend

Young marines and sailors begin a new era this weekend as they must possess liberty cards in order to go off the bases into the local communities. Red or gold liberty cards will be issued to all sailors and marines assigned to Marine Corps Bases Japan, according to Lt.   Read More!

Education

Marine volunteers make kids smile

GINOWAN, Okinawa, Japan — Like rock stars pulling up in a tour bus at a packed arena, Marines with Materiel Readiness Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group, were greeted by dozens of smiling and screaming students upon their arrival at the AmerAsian School in Okinawa May 27. Ten Marines on this trip volunteered to visit the school and be playmates and teachers to the children The Marines began their time at the school by playing games outside with the students, said Sgt.   Read More!

Volunteers teach English, gain cultural respect

NAGO CITY, Okinawa, Japan — Marines and Sailors from Camp Schwab taught English to Okinawan children at Omiya Elementary School here May 25. Twice a month Camp Services offers service members a unique opportunity to bond with Okinawan elementary students, promoting international understanding and English language instruction.   Read More!

Health

Volleyball club serves up international relations

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan — The OKISLAM Volleyball Club on Kadena is using the common bond of sports to bring people together and improve the relationship between Americans and Okinawans. The founder and manager of OKISLAM, Art Arao, says using volleyball for international relations is a fun way to bring all types of people together.   Read More!

OKISLAM spikes serious competition

ISHIKAWA, Okinawa, Japan — In spite of the heat and humidity in the Ishikawa City Gymnasium, the OKISLAM volleyball club men’s and women’s teams battled tough competition during the Koza Volleyball Tournament held Sunday. The OKISLAM Volleyball Club on Kadena uses the common bond of sports for international relations.   Read More!

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