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Japan Update Weekly Winners - 2008/08/07

Malgosia Calbough was born in Poland and came to Okinawa through North Carolina. She is the winner of a Y5,000 gift coupon to Esthetic Salon Come Across.   Read More!

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Entertainment

Kachashi contest a Hagoromo Festival favorite

Ginowan City’s the place to be this weekend, as the central Okinawa city celebrates its 31st annual Hagoromo Festival, an event that traditionally draws more than 100,000 spectators. With the concepts of international harmony and friendship as a backdrop, Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Kaihin Park near the Okinawa Convention Center, organizers have a full slate of top notch entertainers geared up to perform, as well as the ever-popular Kachashi competition.   Read More!

Gourmet

Savoury shabu shabu the Itoya specialty

Thinly sliced beef is the key ingredient in Shabu-shabu, but the real key is the restaurant patron’s hand at dipping it in a boiling hot pot of water or broth, adding in select vegetables and tofu for that perfect taste. Itoya specializes in Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki, where the customer does the cooking after being presented the most choice vegetables.   Read More!

Localbeat

Former Navy corpsman stages ceramics exhibition

A love for Asian art history, wood-fired pottery and Okinawa brought Nicholas Centala back to Okinawa little more than a year ago, nearly 15 years after serving here in the U.S.   Read More!

Culture

Four-day Obon celebration begins Wednesday

The streets of Okinawa will be filled during a four-day period starting Wednesday, but most stores won’t be closed. It is Obon, one of the three primary holidays on the Okinawa calendar.   Read More!

Angama masks unique to Yaeyama Obon

Across Okinawa, the Eisa dance is performed by thousands of young people celebrating Obon. On the prefecture’s southernmost islands, Yaeyama residents take the tradition a step farther, combining ceremonial dances that honor the ancestral spirits with a festival and parade.   Read More!

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