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French, Okinawan artists showcase surreal beauty

Alan Affichard and Masashi Kokuba know how to blend realities of fantasy, offering an exhibition, “Journey Between Reality and Fantasy” at Cotonoha Artspace and Café. Mashashi Kokuba is a specialist in block print, as well as being a photo artist, understanding that when reality and fantasy become close to each other, perceptions of reality and fantasy change.   Read More!

Paper-cutting artisan will debut works at Ashibinaa

A Kirigami Art Exhibition and workshop featuring a renowned Japanese photographer opens June 1st at Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa in Tomigusuku. The exhibition, Mitsuhiko Imamori Art of Scissors: the Art of Paper-cutting Exhibition, will be open daily 10 a.   Read More!

Origami Exhibition to honor Okinawa Prefecture Museum

An Origami Exhibition is set to open May 29th at the Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum on the occasion of the museum’s 5th anniversary. Admission is free to the Origami Exhibition to be held in the Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum’s Okinawa Residential Gallery 1, open daily 9 a.   Read More!

Clay texture determines artisan's next project

Paul Lorimer loves making Okinawan pottery, appreciating that “making shisa is a delicate and labor-intensive job, so when I feel tired, I immediately stop making them because it’s not worth making shisa unless you enjoy doing it.” His philosophy of enjoying himself and appreciating life has driven him from early adulthood, when after growing up on a farm in Auckland, New Zealand, he wanted to study oceanography at a university but quit after a year because “I wanted to have fun instead of studying.   Read More!


Tokyo gains attention at Edo-Asakusa exhibition

Tokyo old and new are gaining attention this week at the Edo-Asakusa Exhibition now in progress at Okinawa Mitsukoshi. The Edo element of the exhibition stems from Edo being the former name of Tokyo and the capital area during the shogunate in the Edo Period 1603-1868.   Read More!

Okinawa cola creation debuts in June

A new cola with an exotic twist is about to be unveiled as Okinawa joins the cola generation. Okinawa Brown Sugar Cola, also called Okinawa Kokuto Cola, hits store shelves on June 4th, an Okinawa Prefecture collaboration with Japan Tobacco Inc.   Read More!

Mihama Ferris wheel rolling strong again

An iconic central Okinawa landmark, the Mihama Ferris wheel, is back in business after disappointing thousands by shutting down due to repairs issues. The longtime symbol of Mihama was plunged out of business several months ago after SkyMax 60, the company that operated it for 11 years, called it quits due to difficult and expensive mechanical repairs.   Read More!


Festival brings in culture, cuisine from across Italy

Italy, the sprawling southern European nation shaped like a boot, is known—together with Greece—as being the bedrock of western civilization. The customs, culture and of course cuisine of Italy is being offered up this weekend by the Seamen’s Club Naha, which has been coordinating its Italian Festival with the Italian Embassy in Tokyo and with an Italian chef who’s putting the ‘mama mia’ touches on everything flavorful.   Read More!


ANA bests competitor JAL on passengers

For a second year in a row, All Nippon Airways outdid its rival, Japan’s national carrier, by flying more passengers. ANA admits that while topping Japan Airlines Co.   Read More!


Schwab launches military festivals season

A modern rock band, entertainment for everyone from one to 100, and a variety of foods are in store for visitors this Saturday and Sunday as Camp Schwab unveils the military’s summer of festivals. The 6th annual Camp Schwab Festival opens its doors from 2 p.   Read More!


Runners, fishermen ready for Sunday at White Beach

Fishermen are getting their tackle, rods and reels ready for Sunday’s White Beach Annual Tsuri Tournament, while runners are preparing for the Heshikiya 10k Friendship Run also slated for the morning. The fishing tournament kicks off at 6 a.   Read More!


Golden Kings trash Phoenix to win league title

The Ryukyu Golden Kings were the top team in the Basketball Japan League this season, racking up a 39-13 regular season record in its quest for a shot at the playoffs and a second league title, and it all came together in Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum with a drubbing of the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. What made the 89-73 victory even more special was the ‘revenge’ element brought forward in the rematch between the Golden Kings and the Phoenix.   Read More!

40 years from reversion Okinawa stuck with U.S. military burden

Although Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's return to Japanese administration in 1972, the southernmost prefecture finds itself struggling under a continuing U.S.   Read More!

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