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Health

Nago City researcher creates flu medicine

A pair of tree species found in northern Okinawa are now making their way into new influenza antiseptic medicines effective for humans, and also bird influenza. Senden, the Chinaberry tree, and Han-noki, the birch tree, are at the heart of Kuniaki Nerome’s research and development of the new medicines.   Read More!

Shopping

Okinawa Market offers customized awamori

Awamori always makes a great gift, and Okinawa Market is offering something new to make it even better. Special awamori from Taikouku Shuzo distillery is being produced with distinctive, individualized custom labels designed specifically for the customer.   Read More!

Industrial Fair exhibits at Onoyama Park in Naha

It’s far and away the largest exhibition of industrial goods in Okinawa, and more importantly, its focus and appeal is on products made in the prefecture. The 32nd annual Okinawa Industrial Fair runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Naha City, at the city’s sprawling Onoyama Park complex.   Read More!

Culture

Sunday parade spotlights Ryukyu Kingdom splendor

Shuri Castle is ready for the onslaught of visitors starting tomorrow as it celebrates with the annual Shuri Castle Festival, a colorful 11-day opportunity to see what the island was like in the historic Ryukyu Kingdom. The festival kicks off with traditional performing art Friday through Sunday in the free zone at the castle, with the coronation ceremony and procession tucked in Saturday in both the paid and free zones.   Read More!

Winners

Japan Update Weekly Winners - 2008/10/23

Francesca Fleming is the lucky winner of a 12-hour stay at Hotel Plumeria Garden this week. She’s from California and has lived on Okinawa a little over one year.   Read More!

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Gourmet

Yoshinoya thrives on quality American beef

Since its inception more than a century ago, Yoshinoya has steadfastly held to its motto: truly tasty beef bowls served speedily at a reasonable price. Yoshinoya’s commitment to quality has never wavered since opening in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi District in 1899, even stopping sales of its popular beef bowls in 2003 when a ban on American beef went into effect in Japan.   Read More!

Indian restaurant opens branch on Gate 2 Street

Indian food is just a stone’s throw away from Kadena Air Base with the opening of Indian Restaurant Kabab’s. Kabab’s brings its original Highway 58 menu to the new location, and has added a few special touches to attract customers.   Read More!

Localbeat

Cafe caters to art and appetites

The concept is unique, and quickly catching on. Cotonoha Artspace & Cafe is the first in Okinawa to combine the work of emerging artists with fine cuisine, and customers like it.   Read More!

Entertainment

Ghosts prevail at Lester Haunted House

It began not too long ago, when a working party from the U.S.   Read More!

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