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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Tedako Matsuri is like county fair

The Urasoe Tedako Festival is a sort of like an American county fair and an Okinawan gathering of friends for the largest event the city puts together each year, and definitely not something to be overlooked. The 35th annual Tedako Matsuri kicks off tomorrow evening on the city’s Yafuso Street.   Read More!

Unna Festival is totally family oriented

The leaders of Onna Village are promising fun-filled time of traditional festival activities at its upcoming Unna Festival. The two-day festival this weekend brings local and regional businesses and organizations together, working hand-in-hand with citizens to turn the event into a series of festive activities, including a fish gripping game, children’s karaoke, and musical performances.   Read More!

Everything is happening at Azama SunSun Beach Festival

It’s the first weekend of summer, and nobody wants to waste perfectly good weather with Tropical Storm Khanun looking at Okinawa in the rear view mirror after passing a bit to the north on Tuesday. Azama SunSun Beach Festival is the answer, with a variety of events scheduled for Sunday, starting with a Group Beach Race where teams of five people sprint across the sand to find the fastest sand-runners around.   Read More!

Motobu readies its 39th Ocean Festival

Living in the shadow of the big cities often overpowers small towns and villages, but in northern Okinawa Motobu Town is polishing up everything as it invites and welcomes all of Okinawa to its 39th Motobu Ocean Festival this weekend. With a population of less than 15,000, and tucked between Nago City and Nakijin on the northwest coast of Okinawa’s main island, many people gloss over Motobu, not realizing it’s the home to Ocean Expo Park and the acclaimed Churaumi Aquarium.   Read More!


Galapagos inspires man to become photographer

Mitsuaki Iwago found the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands to be a career-changing experience, motivating him to become a freelance photographer. Today, Mitsuaki Iwago’s Picture Exhibition is on display at the Urasoe Museum, a compilation of travels around the world that led to pictures twice on the cover of National Geographic Magazine.   Read More!


Ghostly ghastly things explained at museum

Explanations for why people become scared, why things move without a human touch, and how things can happen that seemingly defy logic are now only a perspective away at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum’s new exhibition. The exhibition investigates the feeling of human beings being scared by use of physics, science and biology, explaining what factors makes feelings about being frightened.   Read More!


SENSES restaurant features special for families

The chefs cook seafood from Onna port, Okinawan fresh vegetables and fruits with Okinawan salt and spices, all in an open kitchen of beachside restaurant. That’s the daily routine at the SENSES restaurant in the Sun Marina Hotel in Onna Village, where both the luncheon and dinner buffets stir the taste buds of patrons.   Read More!

Wine: Nectar of the Gods

Wines are the perfect accompaniment for just about everything, and this Japan Update series introduces readers to wines available on Okinawa. Every second week we explore a new variety.   Read More!

Wine of the Week

Our ‘Best Wine of the Week’ is Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2010, a Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France. The Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone is an attractive ruby red colour.   Read More!


Okinawa Drive Label starts own festival

A brand new festival is about to be born on Okinawa, created by none other than the owners of a mobile cell phone application. The free music festival sponsored by Okinawa Drive Label will be held at Araha beach in Chatan town on Saturday, with the music kicking off at 3 p.   Read More!

Use your sushi... on your smartphone

So you want to keep your smartphone on your desktop, but you don’t want to lay it flat to get inadvertently smothered by paperwork or worry about some careless mungo putting their coffee mug on it. Or you want to watch some videos on it so you prop it up against your coffee mug but the phone slides down and you actually want to drink your coffee at some point.   Read More!


ANA to Fly to Yangon in Myanmar, and Delhi

All Nippon Airways is expanding its Asia-Pacific route structure, announcing plans for flights to Yangon, Myanmar and Delhi, India. The airline says the flights between Tokyo Narita to Myanmar’s capital begin October 15th, while the Narita-Delhi flights will start October 28th.   Read More!

Small, idyllic Taketomi beckons with quiet and peace

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, sneak a peek into the culture and beauty of a tiny Yaeyama Island.   Read More!


American bank worker makes the grade with Okinawan TV

Being on live television can be a nerve-wracking experience, but being on live television and speaking in a foreign language? Matthew Brunner found out just how much so it could be, and also how much fun it could be once past the jitters. He’s survived a live experience with Ryukyu Broadcasting Company, appearing as a special guest on a program saluting Okinawa’s reversion 40 years ago.   Read More!

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