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Last Update: September 7, 2012


‘Okistyle', all-new JU business website

A new Japan Update website dedicated to Okinawa lifestyle debuted this week at www.Okistyle.   Read More!

Golden Kings split series with Tokyo

The Tokyo Apache stretched a win streak to five games Saturday as the visitors outplayed the Ryukyu Golden Kings in Naha, but Okinawa took the loss in stride, bouncing back for pick up a series split on Sunday. It took getting midway through the second half of the Basketball Japan League season before the two contenders squared off.   Read More!

Dolls are more than playthings at Hina Matsuri

Dolls have always been popular with girls, but there's much more significance to them, as evidenced by Japan's celebrating Hina Matsuri, Girl's Day, today. The custom of displaying dolls takes center stage March 3rd each year as Japan celebrates in an ages old tradition.   Read More!

Ultimate Chatan Guide tells what's hot, what's not

The Ultimate Chatan Guide offers answers to everything about why Chatan's become a trendsetter for anything cool and hot, to finding a place to dine out or just hang out, or relax at a cozy beachside bar, or even enjoy marine sports. The Ultimate Chatan Guide, published by Okinawa Index, is filled with the editor's choices for everything from A to Z in Chatan, comprehensive information on restaurants, cafe, food for takeout, bars, nightclubs, sightseeing spots, hotels, shops that sell made-in-Chatan products and the renovated Mihama area, especially the Depot Island shopping complex, which opened last year with more than 60 tenants.   Read More!

Simply Perfect offers on-base nail salon perfection

The Simply Perfect Nail Salon motto is "always keep smiling and offer gentle care", a constant reminder of how salon owners value their customers. The on-base Simply Perfect salon at Kadena Air Base began in 2008, while a second salon operates at Camp Foster.   Read More!

Sanshin plays straight into Okinawan soul

In an age of countless musical genres that employ the most modern digital technologies, Okinawa stands alone is keeping its ancient customs and culture alive with the sanshin and its unique sound Tomorrow marks Sanshin Day in Okinawa (3/4; san = three, shi = four). Often said as the embodiment of the soul of Okinawa, the sanshin is a plucked banjo-like instrument consisting of a long, black-lacquered ebony neck which pierces the top and bottom of an open frame-shaped body covered on both sides with snakeskin.   Read More!


New KDDI smart phone

A new smart phone is hitting the Okinawa market April 1st as KDDI unveils its new ヤEVO WiMAXユ phone. KDDI says the new phone is being equipped with WiMAX, a high speed wireless communications function for Japanese terminals, a first for KDDI.   Read More!


And this weekユs winner isノ

Japan Update raffle winner this week is Tim Goulah, who won a ticket to Chimudon Fstival, an event in Yomitan Murasaki Mura on Mar. 19~20 highlighting Okinawan history, culture and heritage.   Read More!

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