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Last Update: September 7, 2012

Technology

New typhoon and wind resistant satellite dishes now available

Residents on Okinawa are familiar with strong winds during the annual typhoon season, and many have experienced damages not only to buildings, trees and vehicles, but to satellite dishes. A new satellite dish capable of receiving the standard AFN signals is now on the market that can withstand the turbulence and strong winds encountered during typhoons and severe storms.   Read More!

Culture

Okiten art exhibition open through Sunday in Urasoe

One of the largest totally artistic exhibitions on Okinawa, Okiten, wraps up Sunday at the Urasoe City Gymnasium after a two-week run. The 64th annual Okiten sponsored by the Okinawa Times draws dozens of artisans whose work is in seven sections and 11 genres, including painting, engraving, sculpture, graphic design, calligraphy, pictures, and handcrafted works such as pottery, lacquer ware, dying, fabric and glass.   Read More!

Shisa honored with Tsuboya Festival

Tsuboya pottery is Okinawa’s finest, dating back centuries to the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and April 3rd marks the start to a festival paying homage to the most famous of hand crafted pieces. The Tsuboya Festival is all about Shisa’s day, which is next Tuesday.   Read More!

Okinawan - Japanese cultural festival begins 3-day program

A plethora of events is on tap in Naha City starting tomorrow with the Akemodoro Comprehensive Cultural Festival. The three-day festival being staged at the Naha City Civic Hall, the Shiminkaikan, spans a variety of events and activities, including Ryukyu folk songs and art, classical Japanese entertainment, Yaeyama arts and folk songs, Japanese Nihon Buyo dance, modern dance, music, ballads, Hawaiian culture, Taisho koto, recitals, drama, a tea ceremony, artistic crafts, pictures and calligraphy, pressed flowers, Ryukyu traditional handball and living arts including dolls and Japanese paper collages of colored paper.   Read More!

Shopping

Kariyushi wear fashion show heralds spring

It must be spring in Okinawa, as the local fashion industry has staged its annual Kariyushi Wear Fashion Show. Eleven companies unveiled their 2012 Kariyushi wear designs, a total of 23 new products at the show held in the lobby of Okinawa Prefecture Offices.   Read More!

Entertainment

Manga, gamers, cosplay to shine at Depot Island

It’s being billed as the Mihama Manga Mega Expo, and organizers say it’s going to be a day of costume play, Manga, Otaku, games, an anime car show, fantasies and a flea market. The March 30th event at the Depot Island event space in Chatan Town’s Mihama district is open to the public to participate in costume or in street clothes, sharing the excitement of Cosplay, a Cosplay Dance Party, a car show, and even darts.   Read More!

Fire Squad hosts King Jam Anniversary Unlimited Tour

The reggae excitement by musician Massive B has evolved into a career that’s taken him from one side of the world to the other, and now he’s bringing his show to Club Nest in Okinawa. Massive B label began more than 10 years ago with the vision of DJ Bobby Konders to start his own sound system.   Read More!

Travel

JAL gets its first 787 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 and brought it to Japan. The aircraft, tail number JA822J has been flown from Everett, near Seattle, Washington, to Narita by JAL pilots.   Read More!

Localbeat

Beach openings kick off summer season

The water’s getting warm, temperatures are pretty much short sleeve shirt weather, and everyone’s tired of being cooped up inside, especially after the chilly winds of the past couple weeks. Good thing, because the beaches on Okinawa’s main island began opening the 18th, marking the very first beach opening at Azama Sun Sun Beach in Nanjo City while Yonaguni Island did likewise.   Read More!

Health

Ayahashi Road Race set for Sunday morning

Runners are going through final tune ups and stretches for Sunday’s 12th annual Ayahashi Kaichu Road Race Tournament in Uruma City. A 21.   Read More!

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