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Localbeat

Golden sunflowers herald Himawari Festival

The vivid yellow-gold colors of sunflowers are making their presence known in Okinawa, and the Kitanakagusuku Village area is hosting a festival to celebrate. About 40,000 sunflowers begun in plantations in central Okinawa are in bloom, and horticulturists say now’s a great time to see them.   Read More!

Entertainment

Americas hottest hip hop here in February

The New Year is just beginning and Okinawa is being invaded by the hottest young group in hiphop, the New Boyz. New Boyz is an American hip hop/rap group and a former jerkin crew duo made up of rappers Earl ‘Ben J’ Benjamin and Dominic ‘Legacy’ Thomas from Hesperia, California.   Read More!

Cirque Dreams world tour hits Camp Foster

Cirque Dreams has entertained more than 50 million people worldwide since 1993, traveling to theaters, casinos and theme parks around the globe to deliver the 'European cirque-style of performance artistry with American circus arts and Broadway theatrics.' The entertainment company, which has also created elaborate stage production for two Super Bowls, the NBA, Disney, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Miss Universe, NBC, ABC and CBS, is now on a worldwide tour, bringing its performances overseas to U.   Read More!

The Strolling Jazz Bar: Cotonoha's art and jazz are intertwined

I went to Sauce Live steak house in Chatan with my wife because I thought there was live music every night, but the owner said they didn’t have any, and then introduced me to Daryl Mitchell, the owner of Cotonoha. A day after a big typhoon passed from Okinawa, I called and asked to visit the Cotonoha, and he answered “Of course you can come, welcome!” We talked about the rhythm of music, and that was an exciting time.   Read More!

Community

New Child Development Center opens tomorrow

A state-of-the-art child development center opens its doors tomorrow with a grand opening ceremony on Camp Foster at 1:30 p.m.   Read More!

Culture

Dragon rules in coming New Year

The dragon becomes king Sunday as the new lunar year begins. The centuries-old celebration features old calendar traditions that are both common and popular in Okinawa, where fishermen will celebrate in their ports with special flags adorning their boats in hopes of a big catch.   Read More!

Shopping

Tohoku area products now being exhibited

Another products exhibition is under way in downtown Naha, this time a showcasing of Tohoku area goods. The Tohoku area, devastated by an earthquake and tsunami last March 11th, is striving to get back on its feet, bringing a variety of locally grown and produced goods to the Ryubo Department Store on the southern end of Kokusai Street.   Read More!

Nature

Ginoza is the strawberry-heaven in Okinawa

There are delicious strawberries available in stores across Okinawa, and then there are really fresh, delicious strawberries in Ginoza just waiting for people to pick them and eat them. The Strawberry House, part of the Ginoza Agricultural Successor Training Center, has an almost unbelievable deal going on, where visitors can visit the strawberry plantation, pick strawberries, and even eat to your heart’s content while in the field.   Read More!

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