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Localbeat

Orion beer quenches Okinawa thirst

There’s only one full-size Okinawan brewery, and Orion Breweries churns out 72 million liters of fresh beer each year to please the palates of Okinawan beer drinkers. Orion’s five beers, plus a non-alcoholic beer as well, are brewed in a modern, computer-controlled factory in the heart of northern Okinawa’s Nago City, where 200 employees diligently toil to create the fresh draft taste tens of thousands of beer lovers love.   Read More!

Entertainment

Wekend festivals offer plenty of family fun

Weather forecasters are predicting clear skies for the weekend after a week of rain, making the next three days perfect for getting out and taking in some of Okinawa’s traditional festivals. The Eco Island Fest 2010 kicks off tomorrow at the Okinawa Convention Center, running 10 a.   Read More!

Health

Tanning salon beats sun rays for a safe, even tan

It sounds odd, at first, to think about going to a salon to get a tan when Okinawa has plenty of sunshine, but Tanning Salon Samurai says its system is superior to tanning by natural sunlight, and is safer, too. Tanning Salon Samurai’s manager explains that Okinawa’s summer sun beams down ultra violet rays that are too strong for skin, and can cause dry skin and other skin problems.   Read More!

Kickboxers to compete in Naha charity event

It’s Uchinanchu versus Americans Sunday night in a Muay Thai style kickboxing combat sports event, with proceeds of the event going to charity. The fighters are strong, and have pledged to honor the rules of good sportsmanship.   Read More!

Culture

Okinawa still likes the unpopular 2000-yen note

The Japanese currency note is the only one in circulation bearing the number ‘2’, enough of a rarity to make people distrust it, leaving only Okinawans as champions of the beleaguered money. The Bank of Japan began issuing the ¥2000 bill on July 19, 2000 to commemorate the Group of Eight summit in Okinawa, but this bill didn’t catch on with the general public and remains unpopular.   Read More!

Community

World Uchinanchu Festival planning kicks into high gear

With the 5th World Uchinanchu Festival now only 15 months away, organizers are now coordinating activities with the prefecture governor’s office as well as local tourism organizations and the Okinawa business community. The World Uchinanchu Festival, held every five years, will take place next October 13th – 16th at the new Okinawa Cellular Baseball Stadium in Naha.   Read More!

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