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New Net Cafe Cybex is Okinawa's ultimate cyber cafe

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2003-01-17

The greatest cyber cafe on Okinawa has just been created! Without a doubt, the brand new Net Cafe Cybex is a dream come true and an ideal hangout for gamers, internet surfers, and those without computers of their own who need access. Cybex opened its doors for business on December 29 and has since amazed visitors with its sheer size and features. From the moment you step through the door for your first time and have a quick look around, you'll realize that there is nothing the staff haven't thought of to make your visit as enjoyable and convenient as possible.

When you first enter Cybex for your first time, you will have to sign up for a membership which costs ・200. Once this is paid, access to the facility costs ・480 per hour for the first hour and ・90 per fifteen minutes after the first hour. However, the longer you stay, the lower the charge per fifteen minutes. For instance, if you stay over three hours, you pay ・80 per fifteen minutes instead of ・90. If you stay over five hours, the cost drops to ・70. If more than seven hours, ・60. Cybex is open all day, every day, 24/7, so you can stay as long as you like! If you need a place to work through the night, study, or just get away from your home office, this is it! The prices are very cheap, and the whole facility is like a playground, so no matter if you have work to do or if you're just wanting a place to relax, Cybex has got you covered.

Also, once you pay the ・480 admission for the first hour, you have complete access to all of the equipment within the Cybex facility. This includes a drink machine with free soft drinks, free DVD's, games, an extensive manga (japanese comics) collection, massage chairs, and a special gaming section with a large screen on the wall for a grand experience.

Since their grand opening on December 29, Cybex has been especially popular during the weekends and evenings, but it's only a matter of time before all of Okinawa knows of the greatest cyber cafe on island. Even if you're just looking for a place to study in peace throughout the night, this is an ideal place to do so. There is truly something for everybody here. Being so close to Camp Foster, I'm sure the military community out there will be especially attentive to the new facility. However, right now, Cybex has had mostly Japanese visitors. "Of all our customers, 95% are Japanese and 5% are foreigners," says Kenji Isami, manager. "Most of our visitors are between the ages of 20 and 30."

In total, Cybex has fifty individual booths, each equipped with a fully loaded 2Ghz PC with 512 megabytes of memory and lightning fast 200 megabyte per second fiberoptic internet connection. Ten of these are "no-smoking" booths, and the other fourty have an ashtray sitting on the desk inside. Each private booth includes a PC, a PC-TV, an optical mouse, quality headsets, a DVD CD-R/RW drive, a safe to lock up your belongings, an ashtray (except in non-smoking booths), a food menu, private service phone, an overhead light, a comfortable cushy computer chair, and cable radio with 440 channels. However Cybex plans to have SkyPerfect satellite at the end of January, so you'll have access to a wider variety of movies, sports, news, and entertainment. Also, some rooms are equipped with a couch rather than a computer seat for times when two or more people need a booth to have a conference. The facility also has several more computers outside of the booths for gaming and watching DVDs on a large screen.

With the lack of fast internet connections Okinawa and the military bases are known for, Net Cafe Cybex is sure to become a very popular hangout with locals, foreigners, and military members and their families. There is honestly nothing the staff have overlooked in their search to make the ideal cyber cafe. This is it! There is no runner up! The new facility is a dream come true for all computer fanatics and those looking for a quiet place to study and do research. For more information, check out their website at www.cybex.jp. Driving to Cybex is extremely easy. If you are coming out of Camp Foster's commisary gate, turn right once you get to highway 58. Keep going straight and you'll see a big, blue Cybex sign on your left. Free parking is available.

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