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Okinawa Kodomono-Kuni offers Saturzoo Nights
[2012-08-17] It’s a different perspective on a zoo’s animal inhabitants, but that’s what the zoo of Okinawa Kodomono-kuni is offering through September 1st. SaturZoo Night is a time for the zoo to give visitors a peek at the lifestyle of most animals at night. Read More!
Market gives chance to prepare summer gardens
[2012-06-08] The Okinawa City Flower Gardening Production Association is ready to kick off a 10-day market to get those with a green thumb all fired up about flower gardening and creating a community brimming with flowers and plants. The Association, together with the Okinawa Times Company, is staging the 2012 Okinawa City Early Summer Big Pot Plant Market Friday through June 17th at the Okinawa City Farmers’ Training Center special space. Read More!
Rainy season spawns humidity, deadly molds
[2012-05-18] Okinawa’s sub-tropical environment is always warm and humid, ranking among the five most humid prefectures in Japan, but this is the season when it gets even worse. Rainy season brings heavy humidity that wreaks damages to farmers and fishermen, and to supermarkets that must fend against the molds that plague vegetables. Read More!
Africa MaiMai dangers concern local officials
[2012-05-18] An East African Land Snail is not something you’d expect to run across on Okinawa, but creepy as it sounds, they’re here. Even worse, the giant snails are not only ugly, but they are often dangerous, particularly to children. Read More!
Solar eclipse visible May 21st on Okinawa
[2012-05-18] From southeastern Fukushima to Kyushu, and even on Okinawa, a rare astronomical phenomenon is coming up early Monday in form of the annular eclipse of the sun. The annular eclipse of the sun will be seen like a ring, and will be visible across a wide area of the Pacific Ocean and Japan. Read More!
Tranquility rules Bios on the Hill Night Tour 2012
[2012-05-12] Bios on the Hill, a combination orchids garden in a subtropical forest and a botanical garden is expanding its appeal, opening in the evenings and offering night tours. Bios on the Hill considers itself a place “serving peace of mind and emotions”, where guests wander through the gardens during the day, then taking in the Lake on the Hills, a tranquil setting where customers can enjoy their excursion on a lake viewing boat and strolling the Hills by a buffalo-drawn cart while relaxing. Read More!
19th Nago Orchid Festival heads to final weekend
[2012-05-04] Okinawa’s early summer flower is the orchid, and the 19th Nago Orchid Festival is touting the colorful flower through Sunday. Besides the Nago Orchid, the Iriomote Orchid, Vanda Lamellate Lindl and more are on display at the First Floor Exhibition Hall at Neo Park Okinawa’s main building. Read More!
Novel Ilukanda Festival dedicated to a flower
[2012-03-23] The official name of the flower is Mucuna Macro Carpa, but is referred to as the Ilukanda, a flower that lures people seeking the unusual. It’s a strong enough draw that residents of Kunigami Village on the far northeast coast of Okinawa have a six-week festival to give people plenty of time to see and appreciate the Ilukanda, a plant belonging to the pea family. Read More!
Season's 1st beach opens in Nanjo City
[2012-03-23] Sunshine and blue skies greeted swimmers and beach-goers for the opening of the first beach in Okinawa, at Azama Sun-Sun Beach in Nanjo City’s Chinen district. The weekend opening drew dozens of families with junior high school students to the beach, where festivities celebrated the first beach opening in the nation. Read More!
Okinawa celebrates Coral Day this weekend
[2012-03-02] Preservation of Okinawa’s coral reefs is taking on new momentum with planned celebrations and activities surrounding Sango Day, also known as coral day. Led by NPO Coral Okinawa, which will promote preserving coral reefs as new tourist attraction, Okinawa is hoping to attract a diverse range of tourists to join with commercial enterprises in supporting environmental service activities. Read More!

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