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Last Update: September 7, 2012


And this week's winner is...

Mother and daughter Heather and Isabella Zook were the winner of this week’s Japan Update raffle, and they will have a free one-night stay at Okinawa Pacific Hotel in Naha, courtesy of Okinawa Tourland Hotel Bookings website at http://eng.tourland.   Read More!

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Ryukyu Mura, Kin prepare for Summer Eisa Festival

A total of eight eisa groups from around Okinawa are descending upon Ryukyu Mura theme park in north central Okinawa for the 4th Ryukyu Mura Eisa Festival on Sunday. Ryukyu Mura opens its doors at 9 a.   Read More!

Kunigami Village set to Welcome Okinawa

The 27th Kunigami Village Festival gets under way Saturday at the Kunigami Junior High School sports field, and community leaders have invited just about everyone on Okinawa to attend. Kunigami Village, located 30 kilometers north of Nago City, is the most northern community on the island, with 95% of the village being forest and natural monuments.   Read More!


Sci-Tec College offering free Japanese classes

Recognizing that many foreigners are uncomfortable trying to deal with Japanese and the Japanese language, Sci-Tec College in Naha is offering a three-month series of free Japanese lessons. The classes are being targeted at foreigners living on Okinawa who need to learn Japanese but have been timid about trying.   Read More!

AMICUS operates dual track education programs

Okinawa AMICUS International School has a curriculum plan for just about everybody, operating dual education tracks that provide intense English language training for some, while a more traditional international program for other students more versed in English. The Uruma City-based school offers certificates of graduation for Japanese Elementary School or Junior High School in Okinawa, working an Immersion Course for primarily Japanese children or foreigners who live in Okinawa and speak fluent Japanese.   Read More!


Hateruma Island is perfect getaway to do nothing

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, travels move to Hateruma Island, the farthest south and one of the most colorful islands in the Yaeyama chain.   Read More!


AFCEA chapter to host Okinawa TechNet Day

It’s a ‘first’ for Okinawa, an Okinawa TechNet Day focusing on Communications in a constrained fiscal environment. The day-long event sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association chapter will take place September 14th at Camp Shields’ Crow’s Nest Club.   Read More!


Okinawan Athletes to Compete at London Paralympics

The great London Paralympics begins next Wednesday, and two athletes from Okinawa are set to compete. Shin Nakazato of Urasoe City will be heading to his third Paralympics for bouts of Wheelchair Rugby: He has played in two consecutive Paralympics and won seventh prize in the last Paralympics in Beijing.   Read More!


Tenkaichi Super Fight pits ex-Champion, Challenger

Former class champion Mike Wimmer moved to America, returning his champion’s belt, making way for challengers. Koji of Joytoy is making his second challenge for the title, going up against James Gordon Lewis, a fighter with a three-match winning streak.   Read More!


Okinawa World presents midsummer thrills

A 300,000-year-old cave, intentional meetings with the deadly Habu snake, and a chance to walk the streets of ancient Shuri Castle town are all awaiting visitors to Okinawa’s foremost theme park, Okinawa World. Okinawa World located south of the prefecture’s capital city of Naha is more often referred to as Gyokusendo, particularly among natives, but by either name, it’s a place worthy of a full day’s visit.   Read More!


Stunning physics photos in OIST photo exhibition

Physicists and scientists all over the world are dealing in complex issues like ‘why is the universe made of matter and not antimatter?’. However, very few people know what actually is going on inside those laboratories.   Read More!

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