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Rural village rejuvenates with farming road station

Mitsuhiro Ohmura is a man with a dream, and a vision for breathing life into the tiny Gushikan area of Motobu in northwest Okinawa, where young people have abandoned the community for the bright lights of the big city. Gushiken, where almost half the residents are 80 years of age or older, has seen its population drop to only 380, leading Ohmura to put his head together with Motobu Town and Nakijin Village offices and Ryudai and Meio Universities to turn the exodus around and attract new blood.   Read More!

Localbeat

Eyes on Eisa are on Kokusai Street Sunday

Drums—literally hundreds and hundreds of them—will set the beat for Sunday’s grand finale to Okinawa’s Eisa Parade featuring 10,000 dancers. The 10,000 Eisa Parade’s crowning event is Sunday afternoon, with 10,000 dancers from 55 groups performing along Kokusai Street in downtown Naha.   Read More!

Entertainment

David Ralston offers Saturday sneak peek of new CD

Singer-songwriter David Ralston will lift the wraps on his new CD, Conjugal Carnival Revival, in a special pre-release show Saturday at Wago Family Land in Okinawa City. The rhythm and blues musician is just back from a concert tour in Massachusetts, and is now ready to give his fans a sneak peek on his new CD due out later this year.   Read More!

Stephanie Soul to headline Saturday beer garden concert

American rhythm & blues singer Stephanie Soul, winner of a FOX Japan contest at Ginowan Seaside Park earlier this month, takes to the stage at Carnival Park Mihama Beer Garden Saturday evening. The beer garden is located on the second floor outdoor wooden deck of the Carnival Building.   Read More!

Gourmet

Marinade is special ingredient in Chubby's barbeque

There’s barbeque, and then there’s real barbeque done on a charcoal grill, the way Chubby’s BBQ does it using a special homemade marinade. Chubby’s BBQ owners Reed and Chizuru Leinster pride themselves on cooking up real American style barbeque, and are making August a month for newcomers and regulars to enjoy special discounts on their chicken and ribs dishes.   Read More!

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