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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Nature

Okinawa celebrates Coral Day this weekend

Preservation of Okinawa’s coral reefs is taking on new momentum with planned celebrations and activities surrounding Sango Day, also known as coral day. Led by NPO Coral Okinawa, which will promote preserving coral reefs as new tourist attraction, Okinawa is hoping to attract a diverse range of tourists to join with commercial enterprises in supporting environmental service activities.   Read More!

Entertainment

Big Up Dancehall meets Soca DJ Shadow

Big Up Dancehall is up to something special this weekend as the Soca DJ Shadow Double Tree International brings his dancehall, hip hop and Soca fused mixes to the Nest in Music Town. Shadow, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, heads the star-studded evening as the primary guest deejay.   Read More!

19 Teams in National Street Dance Championships

Japan’s Street Dance Championships, Haisai 2012, come to Okinawa this weekend, with preliminary competition Saturday, and the championship featuring a special guest performer on Sunday. Only ten kids’ teams and nine teen teams will compete for the world class Haisai honors at the Tamagusuku Gymnasium in Nanjo City.   Read More!

Technology

Solar energy generating plant set for Okinawa

A company that builds and sells solar power generators for homes and apartment buildings is taking another step into green energy, announcing plans to build a large solar energy production plant in Okinawa. Ecolumiere says it will build a mega solar plant with the capacity of generating more than one megawatt of electric power.   Read More!

Toyota displays everything at its Okinawa Motor Show

A weekend visit to the Okinawa Convention Center puts car enthusiasts in touch with Toyota’s past, present and future. The All Toyota Motor show in Okinawa will be held at Okinawa Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, putting visitors in touch with Toyota’s history.   Read More!

Travel

JAL, JetBlue form new partnership

International travelers will soon find it easier to make connections between Japan and Okinawa and the rest of the world, as Japan Airlines teams up with JetBlue Airways. The American air carrier has linked with JAL through both New York’s John F.   Read More!

Localbeat

Colorful Azalea beckon in Higashi

The delicate flower is called “royalty of the garden”. Azaleas, an early spring beauty grown in hundreds of varieties around the world, are making their annual Spring debut in Okinawa northern areas with more than 50,000 azaleas in bloom, leading Higashi Village to host its Azalea Festival.   Read More!

Culture

Dolls are very special during Hina Matsuri

Dolls are a young girl’s best friend, and always have been, but here in Japan there’s a tradition behind that love affair, evidenced by celebrating Hina Matsuri, Girl's Day, on Saturday. The custom of displaying dolls takes center stage March 3rd each year as Japan celebrates in an ages-old tradition.   Read More!

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