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Entertainment

Movie festival showcases Koza/Okinawa City lifestyle

A unique movie festival accenting the past and present lifestyles in Koza, Okinawa City, opens Saturday and runs through September 1st. The Movie Festival centers at the Gintengai Arcade at Koza Intersection area in Okinawa City, and offers free movies that promote local art.   Read More!

Hagoromo Festival to try again this weekend

After being canceled last weekend because of heavy rains, the 30th annual Hagoromo Festival is taking another shot at filling Seaside Park with more than 100,000 this weekend. Sponsored by Ginowan City, the two-day event kicks off at 3:45 pm Saturday.   Read More!

Opinion

Facts of history of MCAS Futenma

Last weekend marked the third anniversary of the helicopter crash into Okinawa Kokusai University campus in Ginowan City. As the controversy surrounding the future and relocation of MCAS Futenma continues, Peter Simpson, an assistant professor at the university, submitted this article detailing the history of the MCAS Futenma (Editor).   Read More!

Winners

Japan Update Weekly Winners - 2007/08/16

Frank Albert is the winner of a dinner ticket to Yakiniku Kinjo restaurant. Originally from Maryland, he has lived on Okinawa for five years, and assures that his life here is "great.   Read More!

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Gourmet

Experience the ultimate grilling experience at Yakiniku Kinjo

Customer service and satisfaction are high on Yukiko Ikema's list of things done well at Yakiniku Kinjo in Chatan. That's only the beginning, though, with Yakiniku Kinjo.   Read More!

Shopping

Okinawa craftsmen display their handmade products

Designers and creators of hand crafted products bring those goods to the public Saturday and Sunday At the 14th Okinawa Handicraft Friendship Exhibition. The day long exhibition at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City brings together those who make the increasingly popular locally made ceramics, pottery, clothing, flowers and souvenir type products, and visitors who have a chance to learn about Okinawa lifestyle.   Read More!

Health

Beat the summer heat with relaxing Shanbio Spa visit

Okinawa residents weary from the heat, and needing to revitalize their systems, are being invited to visit a local spa for some special massage therapy. Shanbio Spa is offering summer specials on its massage programs, including hot stone therapy, aroma body massage, spa & beauty courses and a luxury massage.   Read More!

Thai hospitality figures into traditional massage

Thailand bills itself as the 'Land of Smiles' and here, Jasmine pampers customers and makes them feel like they're there. It's more than a massage, says Jasmine owner Pranee.   Read More!

Culture

Tug of War pulls Yonabaru together

Prayers for a good harvest set the stage for Yonabaru Town's traditional Tug of War Sunday, as thousands gather for a festival. The 25th annual Yonabaru Festival has evolved from more than 400 years of inherited traditions, where residents called upon the gods to provide a bountiful crops harvest and to chase devils away.   Read More!

Localbeat

Ceramic Art Exhibit in Naha features Californian's works

Nicholas Centala has been studying Okinawan and Japanese ceramic techniques since visiting here in 1993, and is now putting his eclectic works on display. His non-traditional ceramic objects made using traditional wood kiln techniques are on display through Monday at Ryubo Department Store on the south end of Kokusai Street in downtown Naha City.   Read More!

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