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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Localbeat

Colorful flowers breaking out all over Okinawa

The Okinawa Flower Carnival is under way in Okinawa, a series of breathtaking floral opportunities that run not for a week or two, but all the way through spring, bringing the sights and scents of cherry blossoms, azaleas, orchids, camellias, roses and many other tropic flowers. Loosely linked between now and May, the 29th annual Okinawa Flower Carnival spans the island from north to south, with the first of the extravaganzas set to blossom in only a couple weeks.   Read More!

Travel

Tourism agency providing local hospitality support

Foreigners visiting Okinawa will soon be finding it easier to communicate and get around, thanks to new measures from the Okinawa Tourism Center. Translations and interpretation services are now being provided to restaurants and hotels in real time to facilitate service to visitors, with Okinawa Tourism Center’s 18 staff members responding to foreign queries.   Read More!

Gourmet

American-style Sushi Bar celebrates first anniversary

A sushi bar near Kadena Air Base is still smiling at the customer feedback on its first anniversary, and is looking for ways to enhance the dining experience in the year ahead. Newport Sushi is basking in the way customers have taken to the smoke-free environment, the quiet and classy atmosphere, the relaxed mood, and most of all, the way everything from appetizers to entrees have been accepted.   Read More!

Awamori IS Okinawa's special drink

Awamori is Okinawa’s own liquor, and its popularity is on the tips of peoples’ tongues not only within the prefecture, but across Japan and around the world. There are 48 awamori distillers in Okinawa Prefecture, and those industries crank out more than 900 varieties of awamori.   Read More!

Shopping

Mitsukoshi showcases Niigata products exhibition

Niigata Prefecture is the home to Japan’s most famous rice, to a popular sake, and to plenty of snow, and Mitsukoshi Department Store is intent on sharing the northern Japan region with Okinawa’s citizens. The 10th Niigata Product Exhibition is under way at Mitsukoshi through next Monday, with 42 companies traveling to Okinawa from the northern prefecture to introduce, demonstrate and sell their seafood, sweets and crafts.   Read More!

Nature

Whales are back and ready for watching off Keramas

Humpback whales are now swimming in waters adjacent to the Kerama Islands, migrating to Okinawa to breed, and then raise their newborn calves. The annual ritual began two weeks ago, a couple of weeks behind the annual migration schedule, but soon the lumbering sea mammals will be showing up in large numbers, and in locations easily accessible by tourists wanting to watch them.   Read More!

Community

Just call us Cupid's little helpers!

When an arrow from Amor’s bow hits, some people simply don’t know what comes next. Sound familiar? Instinct says you should share your happiness with everyone in sight, shouting it out and letting the world to know your good fortune.   Read More!

Winners

And this week's winner is...

John Hater, the winner of this week's Japan Update raffle won a night at the Best Western Hotel in Naha. The Best Western is located in Asato, in the heart of Naha near the northern end of Naha's Kokusai Street.   Read More!

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