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And this week's winner is...

This week’s JU raffle winners are Benjamin and Brenda Murphy, who won a one-night stay at the Best Western Naha Inn, a comfortable business-class hotel located right next to Naha’s busy entertainment areas. The Murphys are from Kansas City, MO, a place they call “wild and very interesting.   Read More!

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Community

OKIU '04 helicopter crash anniversary remembered

On the eighth anniversary of the crash of a Marine Corps heavy lift helicopter onto the Campus of Okinawa International University, students are planning a two-part remembrance August 13th. The August 13th crash came at 2:20 p.   Read More!

New Golden Kings coach sets lofty goals for season

There’s a new bench leader for the Basketball Japan League champion Ryukyu Golden Kings, and he’s preparing to fire up his squad for the coming season. Kohto Toyama takes the reins of the Golden Kings after a couple of seasons with the 8th place Miyazaki Shining Suns and a two-year stint as an assistant at the Higashimikawa Phoenix.   Read More!

Localbeat

Eyes are on Eisa on Kokusai Street Sunday

Drums—literally hundreds and hundreds of them—will set the beat for Sunday’s grand finale to Okinawa’s Eisa Parade featuring 10,000 dancers, an event postponed a week by projected anti-Osprey demonstrations and the antics of Typhoon Haikui. The 10,000 Eisa Parade’s crowning event is Sunday afternoon, with 10,000 dancers from 60 groups performing along a 1.   Read More!

Kachashi contest Hagoromo Festival favorite

Ginowan City’s a great place to be this weekend, as the central Okinawa city celebrates its 35th annual Hagoromo Festival, an event that traditionally draws more than 100,000 spectators. With the concepts of international harmony and friendship as a backdrop, Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Kaihin Park near the Okinawa Convention Center, organizers have a full slate of top notch entertainers geared up to perform, as well as the ever-popular Kachashi competition.   Read More!

Gourmet

Authentic curry awaits at Taj Okinawa

A real India curry restaurant where curries are made by a staff all from India, Taj Okinawa has opened a new branch on the first floor of Eagle Lodge on Kokutai Street. The new restaurant is two times larger than the branches in Okinawa City and Chatan, which are now closed, and the parking area is larger than before, with space for some 50 cars available.   Read More!

Retro American drive-in opens in Awase

A new affiliated restaurant of Obbligato, “Mark’s Drive-in”, is now open in the Awase district of Okinawa City. Mark’s Drive-in, located on the east coast of Awase on Highway 329, has been modeled after drive-in style restaurants in America, so the restaurant looks like a retro designed drive in from a movie.   Read More!

Travel

Mystery, diving, shark watching on Yonaguni Island

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, tag along on a visit to the country’s westernmost island, Yonaguni.   Read More!

Shopping

Creative Craft Show attracts 59 entrants

A Creative Craft Show opens its doors at Plaza House Global Gallery today for a four-day run featuring dozens of vendors offering a variety of craft specialties. This Plaza House Creative Craft Show complements two other annual craft fairs in the same venue, the Okinawa City Craft Fair each March, and the Woody Fair in November.   Read More!

Entertainment

Ogimi Festival mixes performances, haarii

Tiny Ogimi Village in northern Okinawa is readying its community of 3,500 for an influx of visitors for the Ogimi Festival this weekend. The annual event takes place at the village’s Shioya Fishing Port starting at 5 p.   Read More!

Mihama Manga Mega Expo features karaoke

The Mihama Manga Mega Expo costume play event is only hours away, starting at 2 p.m.   Read More!

Kurashiki Dam Festival runs all day Saturday

Kurashiki Dam is opening its operations to the facilities Saturday for a day-long tour of the dam. The event at the dam just north of Kadena AB runs 9 a.   Read More!

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