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Winners

And this week's winner is...

Amy Hofferbert won a pair of tickets to the world top class State Ballet of Georgia’s Swan Lake performance that will take place at the Okinawa City Civic Hall on July 3. Amy is from Dallas, TX, and describes her home with one word, “hot!” She says that this is the beginning of her and her family’s third year on Okinawa, and they have two more years left on the island.   Read More!

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Shopping

Recovering Tohoku region stages Okinawa Exhibition

Japan’s northeastern region is bouncing back from the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th last year, venturing out across the country to stage product exhibitions to let everyone know life is improving. The Tohoku Products Exhibition is now open in Okinawa’s Ryubo Department Store, an exhibition featuring 49 shops from six prefectures in the footprint of the great earthquake.   Read More!

Chatan Dome venue for Chura Girls Market

Okinawa girls are rolling into action this weekend at the Chatan Dome, staging a fashion show and dance, while offering products for sale. The Okinawa Chura Girls Market Sunday features the Santa Monica Ballet, with K-Pop dance, and the Zephyr Studio Ginowan Branch.   Read More!

Pet lovers paradise expands in Urasoe

Coo & Riku, one of the largest and best known pet shop chains in Japan, has beefed up its Okinawa presence with a new set up in Urasoe City. An expansion of an earlier Urasoe City branch, the new location on Highway 58 has doubled in size, increasing both the number of pets being offered for sale, and the pet supplies available for sale.   Read More!

Localbeat

Itoman Haarii 'daddy of 'em all' this weekend

The bells atop Santinmo Hill overlooking Itoman Port began ringing a week ago, alerting everyone to the big day Saturday when the Haarii Festival gets under way with a 9:30 a.m.   Read More!

Ginoza Village: Okinawas diamond in the rough

Ginoza Village prides itself on being a healthy, vibrant central Okinawan community that extends its hospitality to everyone, without being a flamboyant or pushy place. Tiny Ginoza, population just over 5,000, communes with nature, and welcomes visitors who want to get away from the rat race and learn about the island culture and the people.   Read More!

Historic Battle of Okinawa anniversary Saturday

The guns fell silent 67 years ago next week after the most horrendous round of combat in history. The Battle of Okinawa, which set the stage for the end of World War II, was 82 days of brutal air-land-sea fighting which claimed the lives of 240,000 people.   Read More!

Entertainment

Beach cleaning leads to free Reggae Festival

A dozen bands and deejays will handle the entertainment side of Sunday, as the 8th Irie Camp Reggae Festival caps off an afternoon that starts with beach cleaning at Sunabe Baba Park in Chatan Town. Everything’s free at the festival except the food.   Read More!

Jazz & Salsa mix it up at Torii Friday

Some of Okinawa’s top jazz musicians are making their way to the beach at Torii Station Friday night for eight hours of music at the annual Jazz & Salsa Festivăle. The annual event sponsored by Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation is free, showcasing three groups at the Friday evening outing.   Read More!

Community

Obaa Rappers add character to weekend Sakaemachi Yatai Market Fest

It’s an every month food booth festival, but it is absolutely guaranteed to be nothing like you’ve visited before; the Sakaemachi Yatai Fest is entertaining as well as a shopper’s paradise. The Sakaemachi Yatai Fest is held on the last Saturdays of the month, an event that’s been happening at the marketplace for the past six years.   Read More!

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