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Last Update: September 7, 2012
Sunshine and blue skies greeted swimmers and beach-goers for the opening of the first beach in Okinawa, at Azama Sun-Sun Beach in Nanjo City’s Chinen district.
The weekend opening drew dozens of families with junior high school students to the beach, where festivities celebrated the first beach opening in the nation. Read More! The official name of the flower is Mucuna Macro Carpa, but is referred to as the Ilukanda, a flower that lures people seeking the unusual.
It’s a strong enough draw that residents of Kunigami Village on the far northeast coast of Okinawa have a six-week festival to give people plenty of time to see and appreciate the Ilukanda, a plant belonging to the pea family. Read More!
Women’s soccer fans in Okinawa will have a feast this Saturday, when INAC Kobe Leonessa of Japan faces the Sky Blue team of the U.S. Read More! The Kokeshi Roller Dolls and Fast Girl University are hosting the Dragon Roll, an exhibition roller derby bout on Saturday at Comprehensive Park Arena in Okinawa City.
Wendy Brandon of the Kokeshi Roller Dolls says Fast Girl University is conducting a roller derby training camp during the weekend for skaters from around the Pacific. Read More! Movies from Japan, the United States, Europe and other countries hit the screens in Okinawa for a weeklong run at the Okinawa Convention Center, at venues including Sakurazaka Theater in Naha, and at still others in Chatan Town and other prefecture locations.
It’s the 4th Okinawa International Movie Festival, bringing to the silver screens an eclectic mix of 13 Japanese films and several dozen international movies from France, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United States and others. Read More! 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! |