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Ultimate Chatan Guide tells what's hot, what's not

Date Posted: 2011-03-04

The Ultimate Chatan Guide offers answers to everything about why Chatan's become a trendsetter for anything cool and hot, to finding a place to dine out or just hang out, or relax at a cozy beachside bar, or even enjoy marine sports.

The Ultimate Chatan Guide, published by Okinawa Index, is filled with the editor's choices for everything from A to Z in Chatan, comprehensive information on restaurants, cafe, food for takeout, bars, nightclubs, sightseeing spots, hotels, shops that sell made-in-Chatan products and the renovated Mihama area, especially the Depot Island shopping complex, which opened last year with more than 60 tenants. Chatan is a multicultural town with numerous dining and entertainment establishments from various countries, and Okinawa Guide covers up-to-date cultural goings on, introducing a surprising reggae connection between Okinawa and Jamaica.

Chatan changes so quickly with the constant arrival of new commercial establishments, even the residents can't keep up. That's what makes Okinawa Guide such a handy addition to the car glove box. All establishments reviewed in The Ultimate Chatan Guide are highlighted on a map included for reader convenience, so the publication makes it easy to begin exploring and discovering new places, but were afraid to try because no information was available in English.

The book features local Japanese and Okinawan delicacies such as sushi, aguu pork, seafood and teppanyaki from a cultural as well as a culinary point of view. The guide also shows which restaurants and businesses accept credit cards, speak English or have English menus for convenience. Best of all, the guide comes in a handy, portable size so it can travel with the reader and point out what's what, even if there isn't any English spoken.

The Ultimate Chatan Guide is available in English, followed by the coming of Japanese version soon. Priced at $6.80, the English edition is sold at shoppettes and bookstores on base, as well as major off-base bookstores and FamilyMarts.

The publisher, Okinawa Index is also looking for models for its new location-photo business. The company wants amateur models to pose for photographs at cultural and craft-making workshops featured in articles of its upcoming guides. If you are interested, check out www.okinawaindex,com and submit your profile. Okinawa Index has provided foreign extras for movies filmed on island, including Takeshi Kitano's film "Takeshi's," "Chekeraccho!!" and "Nada so so."

For more information, contact Okinawa Index at 098-921-7593 or email islandlife@ okinawaindex.com

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