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Western World brings cowboys and fun for the whole family

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1998-07-30

Cowboys and lovers of the "old west" can find some great steaks, burgers, and plenty of enjoyment at the newly opened "Western World" theme restaurant. Hidden away in the hills of Okinawa City, the area currently contains a huge indoor hall, which has been designed to bring out the atmosphere of the "cowboy era" in 19th century America. Walking through the doors, you are greeted by friendly staff dressed in "old west" style clothes, guns in holsters and ready to help you enjoy a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. A large mural on the far wall and ceiling puts you somewhere in the deserts of Utah or New Mexico. The sides of the main dining hall have been made to look like a small town, complete with a covered walkway, where you can sit on wooden benches and dig in to some good ole' American food. Across yonder is the "bank", which exchanges money from yen into dollars. There is also "Wild Bill's" gift store, where you can purchase anything from a cowboy hat to a leather belt.

General Manager, Johnny Miyagi, explained the concept behind Western World. "We wanted a place with good food, mixed together with entertainment that was reasonably priced, and where families, couples, and friends could come and have fun".

The inside of Western World is so big and spread out, you feel as if you are outside. The large floor in the center is completely open, and provides the space for a cowboy show every night during dinner. The show involves a "shoot-out", and plenty of audience participation! Kids will also have fun going through the "Haunted Mine Shaft", located in the far corner. For $3.00, a walk through a maze of corridors will have them screaming and laughing from start to finish. Western World will also provide country and western dance lovers plenty of room to kick their heels to the sounds of a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night.

One of the main attractions, expected to be ready by July, is the "mechanical bull". "We're planning on having competitions once a month and also quarterly championships. Beginners can also ride for fun for $3.00 per ride," further explained Miyagi. The mechanical bull will be the first of its kind in Okinawa, and is expected to draw plenty of rodeo lovers to both compete and watch.

Just next door is "Ton Ton", a wood arts and crafts center, where you can buy plenty of hand crafted items on sale, or learn for yourself how to make something. They have plenty of materials, equipment, and friendly staff waiting to show you the joy of wood handicrafts.

Miyagi also explained that many other future attractions are being planned in the near future. They are currently working on bringing in horses for a "Cavalry Drill Team" show and for riding. Eventually, Western World will become a mini "Western Town".

Customers who pay Western World a visit will not only have fun at its attractions, but will also be pleased with its good old fashion American taste. The meals are delicious and the portions are big enough to satisfy any hungry cowboy or cowgirl. Their huge 700 gram "Cowboy Steak" is only $16.50. The "Cowgirl Steak" gives you 350 grams worth of tender beef for $12.50. Other steak dinners include Tenderloin for $13 or New York cut for $11. All steak dinners include soup, salad, and a choice of rice or bread. There are also plenty of good tasting snacks available. A big juicy burger will cost you $2.75. Cheeseburgers are $3.00, and big home cut style french fries are $2.00. Other fast food items you can find include a Steak Sandwich $4.50, Taco Rice Special $5.00, Western Rice $8.50, and Fries and Nacho Cheese for $3.00. The "Cheeseburger Set" is a bargain at $5.00, which includes fries and a coke. A variety of soft drinks are available, and so is hot coffee. Bottled beer is $3.50, and wine coolers are $3.75. Miyagi also said that customers can expect a full bar set up in a few weeks.

Western World is open everday from 11 am until 11 pm on weekdays. On Friday and Saturday nights you can have fun until 1 am. It is located in Noborikawa, Okinawa - City, just before the Southeast Botanical Gardens. For more information call 937-3744.

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