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Happy Birthday, America!
[2012-06-29] Wednesday marks the 236th anniversary of the United States of America. Americans around the world are planning picnics, barbeques, parades, speeches and fireworks over the next few days as the United States celebrates its 236th birthday. Read More!
Obaa Rappers add character to weekend Sakaemachi Yatai Market Fest
[2012-06-22] It’s an every month food booth festival, but it is absolutely guaranteed to be nothing like you’ve visited before; the Sakaemachi Yatai Fest is entertaining as well as a shopper’s paradise. The Sakaemachi Yatai Fest is held on the last Saturdays of the month, an event that’s been happening at the marketplace for the past six years. Read More!
Runners, fishermen ready for Sunday at White Beach
[2012-05-25] Fishermen are getting their tackle, rods and reels ready for Sunday’s White Beach Annual Tsuri Tournament, while runners are preparing for the Heshikiya 10k Friendship Run also slated for the morning. The fishing tournament kicks off at 6 a. Read More!
Artisan creates Okinawa-design Matryoshka's
[2012-05-18] Illustrator and craft artist Prickynuu is attracting plenty of attention with her unique, original design Matryoshka that seemingly are flying off the shelves across Okinawa. The Hokkaido-turned-Okinawa artist has teamed with craft partner Feliz Sundry Shop located in Urasoe City’s Miyagi district, but she’s not turning her back on all the friends and customers she’s met while hawking her works on Kokusai Street since coming to the island nearly 12 years ago. Read More!
Public to be surveyed on drinking, smoking age changes
[2012-05-12] Japan's National Police Agency is preparing to conduct a survey of the public about whether the legal age for drinking and smoking should be lowered from the current 20 years old. With the government discussing whether to cut the statutory age of adulthood from 20 to 18, the agency "hopes to listen to the opinions of a broad range of people," a senior Japan National Police Agency official says. Read More!
Foreigners to receive registration notices
[2012-05-12] An estimated two million foreigners living in Japan will soon be receiving notices from the government asking them to confirm their identities before the new residence registration system is modified starting in July. All foreigners will be asked to confirm personal data, including name, address, date of birth and nationality. Read More!
Organizations sponsor May LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events
[2012-05-12] The American Chamber of Commerce Okinawa and the Personal Service Center on Camp Foster were quick to answer the call to support Lester Middle School’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAH) celebratory events this month. The ACCO is sponsoring essay, poetry, video and art contests for LMS students. Read More!
Pictorial exhibition reflects post-World War II life
[2012-05-04] The 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan takes place in May, and a special picture exhibition showing life in the 1950’s under American control is under way through the end of the month at Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa City. It was a strong dream of many Okinawans that Okinawa would revert back to Japan from U. Read More!
'Memory of Eyes' photo exhibition looks back
[2012-05-04] Forty years after Okinawa was handed back to Japan by the United States, Okinawan photographic scenes are drawing attention in art circles in Japan, and now ten Okinawan photographers are showcasing their works at a ‘Memory of Eyes’ exhibition opening Tuesday. Okinawan photographers are sometime called “hunter eyes” by the Japanese art world because they have been taking pictures before, during, and after World War II and the Battle of Okinawa, and on to the present. Read More!
Hija River Koinobori Fest starts Sunday
[2012-04-27] The colorful Koinobori carp streamers will be floating in the breeze along the roadways heading to the Hija River Koinobori Festival in Kadena Town. The festival kicks off Sunday at the Kadena Welfare Center, alongside the Hija River. Read More!

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