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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Gourmet

Spicy noodles add flavor to easy meal out

Tan tan-men is everyone’s favorite. From youngsters to the geriatric set, the words tan tan-men are on the tips of tongues everywhere in Japan.   Read More!

Localbeat

‘Best of Okinawa Living’ autograph sessions set

As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, the ‘Best of Okinawa Living’ book is moving to the front of AAFES BookMark shelves and the authors will be autographing individual copies. The 300+ page pictorial compilation has been produced by the award-winning staff of Okinawa Living magazine, a product of Marine Corps Community Services Okinawa.   Read More!

Culture

Sanshin at heart of Yomitan Festival

The sanshin and trading ships are an integral part of Okinawa’s colorful history, with both set into the spotlight this weekend at the 34th annual Yomitan Festival. Sanshin music is at the heart of the Saturday and Sunday festival, with organizers paying special tribute not only to the instrument, but to the man who pretty much could be called the father of sanshin music.   Read More!

Traditional Tsuboya pottery has its own festival

A three-day festival dedicated to Okinawa’s classic Tsuboya pottery is about to kick off in downtown Naha City. The 4th Tsuboya Pottery Street Festival runs Saturday through Monday in the heart of the capital city’s pottery district, with exhibits and instructional classes on the treasured pottery, which dates back to the early days of the Ryukyu Kingdom, when traders sailed the waters between Korea, mainland Japan, China and southeast Asia nations.   Read More!

Shopping

Specialty pawn shop buys gold and platinum

An Okinawa City pawn shop is offering consumers relief from world economic turmoil with its program for purchasing valuable gold and platinum, paying cash for the precious metals. Precious, located near Koza Music Town, quickly turns out-of-fashion jewelry, earrings and accessories, and even gold crowns for teeth into cash, making on-the-spot value assessments.   Read More!

Winners

Japan Update Weekly Winners - 2008/10/30

Kristy Phaire is from Nashiville, TN, and she was the lucky winner of a set of five bottles of Okinawan Goya Beer, micro brewed by Nanto Shuzo. She has been on Okinawa two and half years.   Read More!

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