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Localbeat

Ryukyu glass: Truly original Okinawa specialty

It’s been called unique, different, beautiful, pop art and “the perfect souvenir to remember Okinawa by”, and they all fit the definition of Okinawa’s trademark cottage industry, Ryukyu Glass. Ryukyu glass emerged from the aftermath of World War II, when Okinawans were struggling and looking for ways to rebuild their shattered lives.   Read More!

Entertainment

Big band sounds top III MEF Band concert list

Classic music standards In the Mood, American Patrol, Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Little Brown Jug are on the music stands for III Marine Expeditionary Force Band members tuning up for a free Friday concert at Koza Music Town. The free concert by the Camp Foster-based band begins at 7 p.   Read More!

Earthquake relief charity event set for Kokusai St.

Kokusai Dori becomes ROCKsai Dori Sunday as ten rock groups and solo artists perform to raise funds for the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and ‘Tsunami Relief Fund. The 1 p.   Read More!

Dance audition for 'What's UP?!' music festival

A Hip Hop/R&B Music Festival is coming to southern Okinawa on April 15th. What’s UP?! Okinawa 2012, will feature famous Japanese Hip Hop artists, DJs and emcees from both old and new school Hip Hop, such as DJ Kaori, Zeebra, Rappagariya and DS455.   Read More!

Shopping

Ryubo renovation complete; store's 8th floor now open

Ryubo Department Store’s 8th floor is again open following a massive renovation. The Kumoji Naha store is showing a more stylish, casual and suggestive new life, with new stores awaiting customers.   Read More!

Travel

Princess Cruises head to Japan

Princess Cruises are about to enter the Japanese market, initiating nine different cruises with seven different itineraries. Carnival Corp.   Read More!

Education

Global Village thrives to create international friendships

Eriko Kuwahata started Global Village as an ordinary language school that targeted foreigners who wanted to learn Japanese, but her enterprise soon expanded to a concept to create a space where students and teachers of all kinds of nationalities could get together, and exchange views and learn a wide variety of subjects including culture, customs and life styles. Kuwahata began her language school in Okinawa almost six years ago, but before that she taught Japanese in Australia, and later to foreigners in her native Kanagawa Prefecture.   Read More!

Culture

Kihachiro Tsuru Exhibition closes Sunday at Prefecture Museum

An exhibition devoted to the Nakamura House in Okinawa, which was designated by the Japanese government as an important cultural heritage, is in its final days at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum’s first floor exhibition room. The Kihachiro Tsuru Exhibition runs through Sunday at the museum, located in Omoromachi, across from San-A Naha Main Place.   Read More!

Community

Custom bike show set for Itoman Bibi Beach

More than 150 custom motorcycles will be rolling onto Bibi Beach in Itoman city Sunday for an exhibition that coincides with a beach opening event. The event organizer, Shigeto Arakaki, says that Okinawa doesn’t have enough public transportation like mainland Japan, leading most people in Okinawa to have their own vehicles.   Read More!

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