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Parade, popular entertainers appear at Hagoromo Festa

Ginowan Seaside Park will fill to more than 100,000 this weekend as the 30th annual Hagoromo Festival entertains as the island's top event. Sponsored by Ginowan City, the two-day event kicks off at 3:45 pm Saturday with opening ceremonies, followed by simultaneous action at several venues adjacent to the Okinawa Convention Center.   Read More!

Kiddie Land Zoo stages Summer Eisa festival

The Kodomono-kuni Summer Eisa Festival is set for next weekend in Okinawa City. Kodomono-kuni is the Japanese name for the Okinawa City Kiddie Land Zoo, which will offer up two days of Eisa entertainment Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th.   Read More!


Dugong added to Okinawa's endangered species Red List

The dugong now has official protection. The quiet-natured lumbering sea mammals populating northern Okinawan waters have been declared the "most highly endangered species" and added to the Ministry of the Environment’s Red List of endangered species.   Read More!

Islanders take initiative to save their coral reefs

Worried about warming sea temperatures and government inaction to protect the Yaeyama Islands environment, a group of Ishigaki citizens have begun their own project to save endangered coral reefs. Ishigaki's Shiraho Sakana-Waku Umi Council is drafting its own environmental rules on protecting the fragile waters surrounding the southern islands, with tourism companies being the first to be told to change operating procedures.   Read More!


OIWC makes plans for annual newcomer tea

The 53-year-old Okinawa International Women's Club is preparing to welcome new members at an August 29th event. The OIWC, a non-profit group created to build stronger relationships between local citizens and foreign wives on Okinawa, is hosting a Welcome Tea at the Butler Officers Club at 11 am August 29th.   Read More!


Edy electronic money reshapes consumer spending patterns

Cellular telephones have joined plastic cards in the electronic era, offering new ways to avoid carrying cash and coins. The acronym for this new spending system is Edy, a prepaid electronic money system now embraced by more than 2,500 businesses in Okinawa alone.   Read More!

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