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Ashley Briggs from Pickens, South Carolina won the prize in this week’s Japan Update raffle, and will spend a night for two at Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa in Onna Village. Ashley describes her hometown as small and quiet.   Read More!

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Entertainment

Itoman all ready for 24th Furusato Festival

Only three weeks after inviting tens of thousands to town for its dragon boat races, Itoman’s opening its doors to the public Saturday and Sunday for the 24th Itoman Furusato Festival. The Itoman Festival expresses pride in the community and highlights the city’s standing worldwide, promoting citizens’ consciousness and friendship, while bringing them together with visitors.   Read More!

Fireworks, fun on beach this weekend in Chatan

While the skies over northern Okinawa will be exploding in barrages of fireworks this weekend, they explode from the ocean at Chatan where the Annual Seaport Carnival takes place, and organizers say that the festival’s trademark sea launched firework pieces are in place and waiting. Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the Chatan Seaport Carnival runs Saturday and Sunday.   Read More!

The music is the message with R & B's Stephanie Soul

When someone talks about music, thoughts go to the beat, the vocal, or even a catchy hook. With R & B sensation Stephanie Soul, the message goes deeper, delving into stories of life and love, and sharing with one another.   Read More!

Gourmet

Tangy ramen showers taste buds

Ramen Maruyoshi is both special and different, thanks to a plethora of varied flavors, and that’s before we ever get to the noodles. Pork bones, chicken bones, fish and shellfish all go into the making of the ramen’s soup base, a creation that provides the strong flavor of the pork, but lightened by the flavors of chicken bones stock, with the fish and shellfish putting into place a tantalizing touch.   Read More!

Community

Shriners seek golfers for charity tournament

The Prince Hall Shriners’ Obelisk Temple is canvassing Okinawa for golfers wanting to participate in the 2012 Obelisk Temple 1st Annual National Diabetes Initiative Golf Tournament at Banyan Tree Golf Course on Kadena AB. The four-person scramble is Friday, July 20th, with a 5:45 a.   Read More!

Technology

Delta’s international flights to get in-flight Wi-Fi service

Delta Air Lines, which already operates one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi equipped fleets of aircraft if preparing to introduce the service on more than 150 aircraft in its international fleet. The inflight service already is aboard Delta’s entire fleet of 550 mainline aircraft flying more than 3,000 flights daily.   Read More!

JAL, ANA to offer in-flight Internet access service

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are touting their announcements that they will provide on-board Internet access services via Wi-Fi wireless connections for smartphones and notebook personal computers for international flights. JAL will begin the service on Sunday, while ANA plans the added service starting in summer 2013.   Read More!

Travel

Attractions of Miyako Island are closer than you think

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, a glimpse at air travel south, and facilities available to visitors.   Read More!

JAL teams with Mos to serve rice burgers

The battle for airline supremacy appears to be moving from the baggage compartment and overhead bins to the galley, where Japan’s national flag carrier has signed a deal with Mos Food Services to provide a company delicacy on international flights. Japan Airlines says it’s teamed with Mos to present an Air Mos Rice Burger, an adaptation of MOS Burger’s popular MOS Rice Burger Kinpira, which uses steamed rice patties instead of bread to lock in a generous serving of mixed vegetables and chidken strips.   Read More!

Localbeat

Fireworks highlight Expo Festival

Tens of thousands of spectators will flock to Ocean Expo Park this weekend for the Saturday extravaganza that will include beach activities, concerts and an hour-long fireworks display, the largest on the island. The 34th Ocean Expo Park Fireworks Festival presents the largest fireworks show on the island, with more than 10,000 pyrotechnics being launched in two stages at 8 p.   Read More!

Shopping

Cat lovers rejoice: Exhibition just for you

Always looking for something new, the Ryubo Department Store is offering a Friendly Cat Exhibition at its 6th floor exhibition area through July 22nd. The concept is to “give a place to play with cats for people who want to have a cat, but can’t for some reason, or for people who really like cats.   Read More!

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