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Last Update: September 7, 2012


Kadena's Friday Hawaiian Party promises fun

It’s a lot more than Aloha as the Air Force’s 18th Force Support Squadron “brings the Hawaiian Islands to you” tomorrow afternoon and evening. The five-hour Ho’olaule’a party takes place on the green at the Chibana Recreation Area is free, and open to everyone.   Read More!

Brooklyn - Afrique Reggae at KMT Club Nest

Its Brooklyn in the house! New York legendary reggae dancehall sound is invading Okinawa with Supa Flex of Afrique Sound Station. Now, JamRock promotions of Okinawa has linked up with this Brooklyn legend to tear the house down, dancehall style.   Read More!

Street Dance Festival prelims set for Sunday

The preliminary competition for the All Japan B-Boy 2on2 battle is coming to Okinawa Sunday afternoon at Koza Music Town. The free Koza Street Dance Festival starts at 2 p.   Read More!

Rapper Lil Jon to appear at Koza Music Town Saturday

American Grammy Award winning rapper, music producer, entrepreneur and international DJ Lil Jon is set to headline a Saturday evening show at Koza Music Town in Okinawa City. The 41-year-old Atlanta native first formed the group Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz 15 years ago, and is now traveling as a solo artist.   Read More!


Kadena Eisa Festival coming September 2

The Kadena Eisa Festival is set for Shinmachi Street in Kadena Town, near Kadena Rotary, on Sep. 2 from 7 ~ 9 p.   Read More!

Itoman sets 2-day Kyan Eisa for end of August

The 48th Itoman Kyan Eisa is ready to roll, using its special paranku drum with plenty of hand movements and a low dance style. The Kyan Eisa is performed in front of the Kyan Agricultural Association Building Aug.   Read More!

Heshikiya Eisa teams to strut their stuff

One of Okinawa’s most famous district eisa groups is going through final tune-ups for a weekend of Eisa action. Heshikiya Eisa’s performance style is not as much showy as most eisa, but more traditional and classical, a methodology that ranks the Heshikiya group among the tops in Okinawa, and even mainland Japan.   Read More!

500 dancers to perform at Yomitan Takashiho Eisa

Hundreds of Eisa dancers are going through final rehearsals for Sunday’s Takashiho Street Eisa in Yomitan Village, where more than 3,000 spectators are expected to turn out. The Takashiho Eisa Festival begins at 3 p.   Read More!


Kyubon Bullfight Tournament in Ishikawa Dome

The annual Kyubon Togyu Tournament (Lunar Bon Bullfight Tournament) is set for Sunday at the Ishikawa Dome in Uruma City, the most significant bullfighting tournament on the island this year. The Sunday afternoon festival features not only exciting bull fighting, but also a belly dance show, an eisa performance and raffle prizes for the audience.   Read More!

Ancestor worship at heart of Obon

The people of Okinawa are welcoming the Obon festival today through Saturday, a time of paying homage to their ancestors. The Obon festival is held here according to the lunar calendar, and is sometimes called the celebration of the deceased ancestors.   Read More!


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Julie C. Valladolid is the winner of this week’s Japan Update raffle.   Read More!

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Everest Indian Kitchen aims to summit

Taste tempting Indian cuisine is literally ‘just around the corner’ from Kadena Air Base, serving a variety of Indian lunch and dinner specialties. Everest Restaurant is located next door to Altec, just outside Kadena’s Gate 2, putting the all staff to the daily test of delicious meals.   Read More!

Papaya, fruit or vegetable?

Is papaya a fruit or a vegetable? That’s the age-old question for Okinawans, who mostly consider it a vegetable when used before ripening, and a fruit once it’s ripe. Sounds simple enough for one of the most famous fruits, or vegetables, in Japan.   Read More!


Tiny Kuroshima has more cattle than residents

Editor’s Note: Okinawa’s beautiful southern islands are being showcased in Japan Update each week. This week, Japan Update travels to a small, heart-shape island where cattle outnumber inhabitants.   Read More!


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups arrive in Japan

Americans have enjoyed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups since 1923, but until now the only way to get hands on them was to persuade someone on U.S.   Read More!

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