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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Shopping

Special discounts on Okinawa Index books

With the onset of warmer weather, and people again venturing out across the island, Okinawa Index is offering its series of publications at a special price. The Okinawa Island Guide and Tourist Book Set is on sale, reduced from $13.   Read More!

OTS offers military special rent-a-car bargain

Okinawa Tourist Service is offering new-coming and PCSing military personnel in Okinawa a limited-time campaign on a monthly rental vehicle. The campaign has monthly rentals starting at ¥34,650, including a full year of continuous inspections and examinations, as well as security services.   Read More!

Entertainment

Yugo Sato's Strolling Jazz Bar introduces Jazz Café Dubale

Editor’s Note: A professional jazz guitarist, Yugo Sato, visits Japan Update occasionally, introducing Okinawan Jazz clubs, live houses and owners to our audience. Yugo Sato became enamored with the guitar when a kid, and listened to all kind of music, particularly liking the Rock and Fusion genre.   Read More!

Localbeat

Landmark ferris wheel is out of business

The Chatan Ferris Wheel, long a landmark in Mihama American Village, will carry passengers skyward for a panoramic view of Okinawa’s central west coast no longer. SkyMax60, the company that has operated the iconic Ferris Wheel the past 11 years, has called it quits, citing mechanical problems with the unit that are difficult and expensive to repair.   Read More!

Comprehensive Park is top spot for relaxation and fitness

The park totally lives up to its name. Comprehensive Park is a humongous park spanning hundreds of acres filled with most every stress-relieving activity a person could ever ask for.   Read More!

Travel

Renaissance Resort Okinawa offers military special plan through April

The Renaissance Resort is now offering a Military Special Plan for visits to the popular vacation destination on Okinawa’s East China Sea beachfront. Through April 26th, the exclusive offer to military personnel and their families is being offered for only ¥9,000 per person, per night, for a room accommodating a family of four, with breakfast and tax included.   Read More!

Technology

Wi-Fi Service with Ponta offered by Lawson

SmartPhone users now have a new window to the world at Lawson convenience stores, with introduction of a Ponta card that provides a range of services ranging from free Wi-Fi to access to music, movies, games and some electronic books. The Ponta card is a membership card offered free by Lawson.   Read More!

Education

OIST opens doors to general public

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa’s new graduate university, is opening its doors for the general public to get a peek at the high tech wizardry that will be going on at the highest levels of academic study. The OIST Open Campus 2012 is Sunday, March 18th, from 10 a.   Read More!

Community

Okinawa to mark Tohoku Earthquake anniversary

The earth rumbled 32km beneath the ocean surface, sirens sounded and the tsunami waves swept across central Japan’s Tohoku region, unleashing devastation never before seen on such a scale. It was 2:46 p.   Read More!

Winners

And this week's winner is...

20-year-old Yahenys Dominguez is the lucky winner of this week’s JU raffle. She won a free night for two at the Best Western Naha Inn hotel.   Read More!

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