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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Fish are what Eat-Man Gourmet Festival's about

The 2nd Kuebu Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday at the Road Station Itoman, but most people know the event as the Eat-Man Gourmet Festival and Contest. The two-day Eat-Man festival centers on promoting food and ingredients made in Itoman, with Itoman-based companies that produce the cuisine or gourmet recipes are well in evidence.   Read More!


Camp Hansen Festival challenges weather

Although August seems to be the culmination of all that is hot and sticky on Okinawa, the Hansen Festival is a beacon of light glimmering as summer fun continues on Okinawa. Hansen Festival has everything required for summer fun.   Read More!

13th Sea Art Festival at Kaichu Doro

Sunday brings something special to Kaichu Doro in Uruma City. It’s the long road crossing from Yonashiro to Henza Island, and it’s often called a “Road on the Ocean” with a spectacular view of the ocean, the huge tidelands and the log road.   Read More!

Local Hip-Hop dancers win World Championship

An Okinawan hip hop dance group, Sol-T-Shine, has won the world championship of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships held in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 dancers from about 40 countries took part in the event, and the Sol-T-Shine varsity of Japan won the championship of class of varsity, ages 12-18.   Read More!


Tug of War pulls Yonabaru together

Prayers for a good harvest set the stage for Yonabaru Town’s traditional Tug of War Sunday, as thousands gather for one of the island’s largest festivals. The 30th annual Yonabaru Festival has evolved from more than 400 years of inherited traditions, where residents called upon the gods to provide a bountiful crops harvest and to chase devils away.   Read More!


Star-studded festival season kicks off in Yaeyama

Ishigaki Island has put out the welcome mat, and invited Okinawa to its Star Festival and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful skies and the Milky Way. It’s a weekend event, with cool evening breezes and starry heavens setting the stage for the free festival at Ishigaki Port open space in the Shinko District Southern Gate.   Read More!


Peace and quiet walking tiny Hatoma 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 Hatoma Island in the far southern Yaeyama Islands.   Read More!


Okinawa Kodomono-Kuni offers Saturzoo Nights

It’s a different perspective on a zoo’s animal inhabitants, but that’s what the zoo of Okinawa Kodomono-kuni is offering through September 1st. SaturZoo Night is a time for the zoo to give visitors a peek at the lifestyle of most animals at night.   Read More!


World's masks are theme for Prefectural Museum program

Nearly every country in the world has its own masks, ranging from ancient to current times, each depicting something unique. The Okinawa Prefectural Museum is featuring a Masks of the World Exhibition through Sunday, September 2nd, demonstrating masks with a variety of shapes and designs.   Read More!

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