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Nature

Solar eclipse visible May 21st on Okinawa

From southeastern Fukushima to Kyushu, and even on Okinawa, a rare astronomical phenomenon is coming up early Monday in form of the annular eclipse of the sun. The annular eclipse of the sun will be seen like a ring, and will be visible across a wide area of the Pacific Ocean and Japan.   Read More!

Africa MaiMai dangers concern local officials

An East African Land Snail is not something you’d expect to run across on Okinawa, but creepy as it sounds, they’re here. Even worse, the giant snails are not only ugly, but they are often dangerous, particularly to children.   Read More!

Rainy season spawns humidity, deadly molds

Okinawa’s sub-tropical environment is always warm and humid, ranking among the five most humid prefectures in Japan, but this is the season when it gets even worse. Rainy season brings heavy humidity that wreaks damages to farmers and fishermen, and to supermarkets that must fend against the molds that plague vegetables.   Read More!

Shopping

Geisha performance to recognize new drug store

A drug store known as friendly and value-oriented is now open in Mihama Carnival Park with a series of sales in progress, as well as this weekend scheduled geisha performances. Daikoku Drug’s first central Okinawa branch is on the first floor of Chatan American Village, the building with the Ferris Wheel as a landmark.   Read More!

40 vendors open at Ryubo Setouchi Exhibition

The Setouchi inland sea encompasses nine different mainland Japanese prefectures, enough to inspire Ryubo Department Store to stage a special San-in and Seto Inland Sea Exhibition. San-in means the most northeastern part of mainland Japan except Kyushu, and Setouchi is the area of the inland sea between the mainland, Kyushu and Shikoku Island.   Read More!

Community

Artisan creates Okinawa-design Matryoshka's

Illustrator and craft artist Prickynuu is attracting plenty of attention with her unique, original design Matryoshka that seemingly are flying off the shelves across Okinawa. The Hokkaido-turned-Okinawa artist has teamed with craft partner Feliz Sundry Shop located in Urasoe City’s Miyagi district, but she’s not turning her back on all the friends and customers she’s met while hawking her works on Kokusai Street since coming to the island nearly 12 years ago.   Read More!

Localbeat

Okinawa marks Reversion 40th Anniversary

Okinawa marked the 40th anniversary Tuesday of its return to Japanese administration on May 15, 1972. The Japanese government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, where the U.   Read More!

Entertainment

Naminoue Shrine to stage Nanmin Festival

One of the most venerable shrines in Okinawa, Naminoue Shrine in Naha, will hold its Nanmin Festival this weekend. The day called “Reitaisai” for Naminoue Shrine is the 17th of May each year, today, the day most important rites for each shrine takes place.   Read More!

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