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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Gourmet

Jumbo Steak Han's opens in Mihama Depot Island

Terrific steaks at reasonable prices are the driving philosophy for Hisae Agarie, the manager of the newly opened Jumbo Steak Hans in Depot Island complex at Chatan Town’s Mihama entertainment district. That philosophy is the driving force behind the opening of Han’s fifth restaurant in only three years, the first being in Naha City, before expansion to Ishigaki, Matsuyama and Moon Terrace.   Read More!

Tasty Blue Seal ice cream treats now at Depot Island

There’s nothing like a crepe with ice, fruit and more than 20 kinds of smoothies, or an original ice cream made with tapioca, but Blue Seal Ice Cream’s new location in the Depot Island D Building has it all. The original tapioca ice cream from Blue Seal is something special, with an interesting texture and a feeling similar to a rice cake.   Read More!

Localbeat

Okinawan pottery with American touch

Nicholas Centala is a specialist in Okinawan ceramics and pottery, living a life that straddles the centuries as he creates modern day artistry using the tried and true wood-fired techniques that have been passed down through the ages. What’s more, the U.   Read More!

Nature

Expert: poor water quality increases starfish

Oceanographers, divers and other water specialists are meeting to discuss reasons why there’s a resurgence in poisonous Crown of Thorns starfish in Okinawa waters. Led by starfish specialist Ken Okachi, a series of lectures in Yaeyama’s Ishigaki City focused on why the starfish, often called Crown of Thorns, are increasing at a time when coral and other living sea creatures have been declining.   Read More!

Community

Mihama announces plans for Halloween costume contest

Ghosts and goblins—not to mention a host of other Halloween ghouls who come out this time of year—are again being offered an opportunity to show off as Chatan Mihama American Village announces plans for another Halloween costume competition. A year ago, 363 participants competed in the 4th Annual Halloween Festival, with the costume contest the core event.   Read More!

Festivals ready to roll after weather postponements

Typhoon Kompasu and Tropical Storm Malou are already distant memories as everyone on Okinawa makes ready for a second try at the Orion Beer Festival, All Okinawa Eisa Festival and the Kinser Fest. All three festivals will go on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th.   Read More!

Opinion

Okinawa, U.S. congressman agree: Marines not needed

Opponents of Marines in Okinawa in general, and relocating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station within the prefecture specifically, have found themselves a new ally in U.S.   Read More!

Technology

RC enthusiasts can now race outdoors

Rajikon Tengoku is the only place on Okinawa for radio-controlled vehicles hobbyists to race, and now the company’s taking the adventures to a new height with introduction of off-road racing. The shop, better known to foreigners as RC Paradise, is the one-stop spot for more than 10,000 models of radio controlled cars and trucks, offering products by leading Japanese manufacturers Tamiya and Yokomo, including tires perfect for Rajikon’s in-house race circuit, which serves as three separate courses, including a drift course, a Mini-Z course, and a rock crawling course.   Read More!

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