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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Tropical ambience, urban comfort key to new hotel

Moon Ocean Ginowan Hotel & Residence is now open in Ginowan City, offering a new type of resort hotel that’s fusion of southern island ambience and urban comfort. The hotel is located in front of Ginowan Marina, with easy access to either Naha City to the south, or Kadena Air Base and Camp Foster to the north.   Read More!

Korean Air switches baggage allowances

Korean Air is the latest airline to make changes to its baggage allowance system, but says it’s new move favors travelers. Starting May 31st, Korean Air will convert its baggage allowance system from a weight system to a piece system.   Read More!

AirAsia Japan ready for Okinawa flights

The nation’s newest low-cost air carrier, AirAsia Japan, is ready to start flight operations August 1st to Okinawa from Narita International Airport. The budget carrier based at Narita will be initiating 84 weekly domestic flights to Okinawa, Sapporo, and Fukuoka.   Read More!


Market gives chance to prepare summer gardens

The Okinawa City Flower Gardening Production Association is ready to kick off a 10-day market to get those with a green thumb all fired up about flower gardening and creating a community brimming with flowers and plants. The Association, together with the Okinawa Times Company, is staging the 2012 Okinawa City Early Summer Big Pot Plant Market Friday through June 17th at the Okinawa City Farmers’ Training Center special space.   Read More!


III MEF Band ready for annual friendship summer concert

Instruments are tuned, the musical scores have been double checked, and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band is ready for its Saturday evening Friendship Summer Concert. The free admission concert takes place at the Okinawa Convention Center starting at 7 p.   Read More!

Tenkaichi Super Fight decides featherweight championship

The All-Okinawa Featherweight Championship is on the line next weekend as the Tenkaichi Super Fight answers the question ‘Who is the Strongest Fighter in Okinawa?” Koza Music Town’s the venue for the Clash in Okinawa, with Kenji, who holds the second position in the division, taking on third place challenger Naoya Aguni for the Championship Belt fighting under Kick Boxing Rules. Doors open at 3:30 p.   Read More!

Okinawan Rock rocks the Ryukyus

The Ryukyu Kingdom’s always been an entity unto itself, with its own customs, culture, music and even language, but the infusion of tens of thousands of Americans to these sub-tropical islands has spawned yet another musical and cultural icon: rock music! To understand what Okinawa music is today, one must delve back into the independent past, when the Ryukyu Islands had classical music and minyo. Classical is a genre of Ryukyuan music referring to the court music of the Ryukyu Kingdom, while Uzagaku is the traditional chamber music of the royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom.   Read More!

Gospel Explosion 2012 musical set for Koza Sunday

A Gospel Explosion 2012 musical Sunday evening caps a three-day series of gospel workshops and concert sponsored by Koza Baptist Chruch. Spirit Filled Ministries is sponsoring the Friday ~ Sunday events, with workshops at the Koza Baptist Church Friday evening 7 p.   Read More!


OIST visiting professor to lecture on ADHD

Parenting children with ADHD: Different Children, different problems, similar solutions will be the subject of a public lecture offered by the Okinawa Institute of Technology on Saturday, June 16th. Professor David Daley, an internationally recognized expert in development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for families with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and a professor at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, will present the two-hour free lecture starting at 10 a.   Read More!


Teppanyaki Polynesian tantalizes at Steakhouse Jam

A culinary adventure awaits diners who want something a little different out of life, and choose an evening at Steakhouse Jam in Onna Village. Cooking’s teppanyaki style; in fact, all dishes served at Jam are cooked right in front of the customer, allowing both the progress of the cooking and also a bit of showmanship from the chefs.   Read More!


State Ballet of Georgia to perform in Okinawa

One of the world’s best known ballet companies, the State Ballet of Georgia, is making a two-day visit to Okinawa next month for performances at the Okinawa City Civic Hall. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for ballet and opera enthusiasts, the State Ballet of Georgia is coming off a tour of Italy, with Okinawa performances of Swan Lake scheduled July 3rd and 4th.   Read More!


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