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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Iriomote attracts with exotic, tropical wilderness

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, venture into the mangroves and coral of Iriomote Island, the prefecture’s second largest.   Read More!

ANA wins Skytrax’ Best Transpacific Airline Award

All Nippon Airlines has won the Best Transpacific Airline title in the 2012 World Airline Awards. Winning the coveted Best Transpacific Airline award from Skytrax, which runs the World Airlines Award, is something special for ANA.   Read More!


Festival marks FC Ryukyu 10th anniversary

Saturday’s actions both on the pitch and off are to be very special for FC Ryukyu, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the 10,000 Soccer Festival 2012. The football match itself is the soccer competition between FC Ryukyu vs Fujieda MYFC from Shizuoka Prefecture, with the kick off at 4 p.   Read More!

Beer gardens perfect way to beat the heat

Temperatures are hot, thirst is high, and everyone’s looking for a cool beverage, leading to the search for the perfect place to chill out and enjoy Okinawa’s ambience. Beer gardens were first introduced into mainland Japan’s big cities, where entrepreneurs realized that folks sweating in offices and on the streets during the summer heat were craving a place to cool down and relax.   Read More!


Japan Update karaoke links to Mihama Manga Mega Expo

The Mihama Manga Mega Expo costume play event is set for next Friday, August 10th, and Japan Update’s getting involved too, offering an Anime song Karaoke Contest are part of the fun. The Cartoon movie song contest will find entrants singing an anime song, with judges picking the best rendition.   Read More!

Spanish flamenco live performance saturday

Palette Kumoji’s Palette Citizens’ Theater is the venue Saturday for a Special Flamenco Live concert performance. Manzanilla presents the special concert at the Palette Kumoji 9th floor theatre, featuring Spain’s five top flamenco dancers and singers.   Read More!


Registration for December Naha Marathon starts Monday

One of Japan’s premier sports events, the Naha Marathon, is set for December 2nd, and registration begins on Monday. This year’s limit for the Festival of Sun, Ocean and Joggers will be 25,000, and organizers say they expect the quota to fill very quickly.   Read More!


Churaumi Aquarium offers special experience festival

It’s a once-a-year experience for adults, kids and families as Churaumi Aquarium in northern Okinawa presents its special Experience Festival, introducing the ocean’s delights to the public. Entry to the Saturday event is free, with registration beginning at 9 a.   Read More!

Kid groups to perform at Zoo Summer Festival

The Okinawa Kodomo-no-Kuni Eisa Summer Festival is all set for 28 kids groups to perform Saturday and Sunday at the Okinawa City Zoo. The Summer Festival runs 4 p.   Read More!


NTT smartphone app to save big bucks

Smartphone users now have an opportunity to be even smarter, signing on to a new phone application being offered by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan’s largest telecommunications company. NTT is introducing 050Plus for smartphones, a versatile application that provides a combination of free and low cost call charges to both landline telephones and mobile phones.   Read More!


And this week's winner is...

The winner of this week’s JU raffle is 24-year-old Jessica Higa, who won a one-night stay for two at ANA Intercontinental Hotel Ishigaki. Resort.   Read More!

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