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Travel

Budget air carrier receives aircraft for Okinawa flights

AirAsia Japan is inspecting its first airliner, a 180-seat Airbus A320 jetliner that will be used on flights to Okinawa starting August 3rd. The new plane arrived from France and is now undergoing inspection by the Tokyo-based airline, which is owned, in part, by All Nippon Airways.   Read More!

Malaysia Airlines, JAL set OneWorld partnership

Japan Airlines is continuing its expansion in a post-bankruptcy mode, announcing a new code sharing relationship with Malaysia Airlines. The two airlines begin code share operations July 1st.   Read More!

Culture

Taiko Drum Festival targets young people

With the official start to summer less than a week away, a Taiko Drum Festival sets the drums moving Sunday to advance traditional culture while promoting new culture and attracting young people. The Taiko Drum Festival Sunday starts at 1 p.   Read More!

Exhibition approaches art with eye on reality

A new art exhibition has opened at the Cotonoha Artspace + Café, zeroing in on reality through a series of contemporary and abstract painted wooden panels. Named “Fused In Actuality”, the exhibition featuring Erin Schalk and Yuina Chinen delves into the mind of each artist, and then combines for the exhibition concept “Fused in Actuality”.   Read More!

Entertainment

Sexy Dance and Gachimaya-Festival in Naha's Nigiwai Market Sunday

Naha City Central Shopping Mall Federation is organizing the very first Sexy Dance and Gachimaya-Festival centering at Nigiwai Market in the Matsuo district of Naha City near the Heiwa Dori shopping mall. The event starts at noon and runs through 7 p.   Read More!

Futenma Flightline Fair postponed

Due to the acceleration of Typhoon Guchol, which was upgraded to a Cat-1 storm overnight, and is now forecast to be within 60 miles of Kadena at 0300 on Tuesday, June 19, the Futenma Flightline Fair has been postponed to the weekend of June 30 - July 1. Much work must be done to safely break down festival equipment in a timely manner, and initiate station preparations for the typhoon's arrival such as hangaring of support aircraft, and complete fly-away plans as early as over the weekend.   Read More!

Belly Dance Night something special for school

It’s not every day that students have an opportunity for a non-traditional learning experience, but it’s happening Saturday, June 30th at the Global Village International Center and Café in Ginowan City. The special event is a Belly Dance Night featuring Aimee Machiels, an international performer and teacher trained in Hula, Classical Orissi Dance, Yoga and Belly Dance.   Read More!

Peaceful Love Rock Festival only three weeks away

The granddaddy of Okinawa’s rock concerts is just around the corner, and a limited number of tickets to the Peaceful Love Rock Festival are available at a special discount price. The two-day festival is July 7th and 8th, but Japan Update is now offering one-day tickets for ¥3,300 each, a price break of ¥500.   Read More!

Russian violinist staging Saturday concert in Nago

Grigory Sedukh is a Russian violinist, but he’s much more, being the world’s first to play the Violin-Piccolo as a soloist. His skills and talents are on display Saturday afternoon at the Nago Civic Hall, where he will play in concert for both adults and youngsters.   Read More!

Localbeat

Dad's Day to get lots of special attention

Sunday’s Father’s Day around the world, a day celebrated to honor fathers and fatherhood, and the influence of fathers in society. Father’s Day has been celebrated the third Sunday in June for decades, a day complimenting Mother’s Day commemorated each May.   Read More!

Aircraft, music, fun slated for Futenma Flightline Fair

Summertime means summer fun on Okinawa, and the annual Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Flightline Festival that was postponed to the weekend of June 30~July 1 due to approaching typhoon Guchol, promises to get things rolling with plenty of fun. As the summer heat waves roll in, the Futenma Flightline Fair celebrates with cool treats and free admission to the aviation world.   Read More!

Winners

And this week's winner is...

Morgan Haskins is the lucky winner of this week’s JU raffle. She won a pair of tickets to see ballet Swan Lake by the Georgia State Ballet at Okinawa City Civic Hall on July 3.   Read More!

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Shopping

Historical Kagoshima theme for Mitsukoshi fair

Kagoshima Prefecture, formerly known as Satsuma, is one of the most important historical locations in Japan, enough to get Okinawa Mitsukoshi to stage a Kagoshima Prefecture Products Exhibition through Monday, June 18th. The southernmost prefecture in mainland Japan, to the north of Okinawa, Kagoshima is home to Saigo Takamori, a famous historical figure who hailed from Satsuma and changed Japan’s landscape together with Ryoma Sakamoto from Tosa in Kochi Prefecture, and Shinsaku Takasugi of Chousyu in Yamaguchi Prefecture.   Read More!

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