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Culture

OIST unveils its new auditorium in concert

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is officially inaugurating its new auditorium this month with a free concert. British violinists Jack Liebeck and Victoria Sayles will be joined by students in the Instrumental Music Major, the Department of Music of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, for the Saturday, May 26th, concert.   Read More!

Okinawa pays homage to its bitter melon

May 8th in Okinawa is celebrated as a day honoring goya (go - five, ya - eight), a well-known and essential ingredient in the Okinawan diet, especially during summer time. Goya, long a part of Okinawan culture, is a bitter melon, a vegetable that has been attributed to human health and longevity.   Read More!

Localbeat

Dragon boat races add excitement to Golden Week

The excitement-filled Naha Haarii kicks off a three-day run today at Shinko Wharf, winding up Saturday with a series of dragon boat races. The three-day festival, the 38th Naha Haarii, invokes the dragon boat races to pay homage to farmers seeking good harvests and fishermen wanting safety on the waters.   Read More!

Trick art exhibition in progress in Naha Ryubo Dept. Store

It's a mystery! Dinosaurs popping out from pictures and looking like you have been eaten by them. That’s the essence of a trick art exhibition now under way at the Ryubo Department Store in downtown Naha City.   Read More!

Community

'Memory of Eyes' photo exhibition looks back

Forty years after Okinawa was handed back to Japan by the United States, Okinawan photographic scenes are drawing attention in art circles in Japan, and now ten Okinawan photographers are showcasing their works at a ‘Memory of Eyes’ exhibition opening Tuesday. Okinawan photographers are sometime called “hunter eyes” by the Japanese art world because they have been taking pictures before, during, and after World War II and the Battle of Okinawa, and on to the present.   Read More!

Pictorial exhibition reflects post-World War II life

The 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan takes place in May, and a special picture exhibition showing life in the 1950’s under American control is under way through the end of the month at Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa City. It was a strong dream of many Okinawans that Okinawa would revert back to Japan from U.   Read More!

Nature

19th Nago Orchid Festival heads to final weekend

Okinawa’s early summer flower is the orchid, and the 19th Nago Orchid Festival is touting the colorful flower through Sunday. Besides the Nago Orchid, the Iriomote Orchid, Vanda Lamellate Lindl and more are on display at the First Floor Exhibition Hall at Neo Park Okinawa’s main building.   Read More!

Entertainment

Okinawan artists join Donavon in Koza Concert

Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter is bringing his new album on a Japan Tour, stopping in Okinawa to perform a FEEL concert with local artists. The May 14th concert at Music Town Sound Market in Okinawa City brings the California surfer and his fifth album to Okinawa under the FEEL concert title, which he says is an invitation to “meet with everyone who loves the ocean, and do something special.   Read More!

Gourmet

Treehouse restaurant draws customers with Aguu Shabu-Shabu

A landmark restaurant, Gajumaru at Onoyama Park in Naha, has started a new Shabu-Shabu All-You-Can-Eat course. Gajumaru, which has long specialized in Shabu-Shabu dishes, is built on top of a man-made Malayan banyan tree next to Okinawa Budokan Hall and Cellular Baseball Field, easily visible when heading towards Naha from the airport.   Read More!

Health

Kirin unveils a fat-busting cola

Beverage maker Kirin is venturing into new territory, announcing the release of its first ever healthy cola. Kirin Mets Cola comes bottled in a catchy plastic bottle sporting an eye-catching red logo on a black field, a logo that bears resemblance to a major league baseball team.   Read More!

Shopping

Capturing the spirit of the islands for family and friends back home

The man behind the camera lens for the pictorial book that illustrates life in the Ryukyu Archipelago will be meeting fans at ‘The Spirit of Okinawa’ book signing sessions. Photographer Shokyu Otsuka, will be at the Foster Exchange May 12th from 1 p.   Read More!

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