• new year
    December 28, 2016

    Ringing In The New Year, Okinawa-Style

    CONTRIBUTED BY KARI F. Most cultures have annual customs and celebrations revolving around the new year, and I thought I'd touch on some of the many traditions surrounding the new year in Japan, also…
  • OIWC
    December 19, 2016

    Okinawa International Women’s Club

    CONTRIBUTED BY NAOMI KATO JOHNSON Okinawa International Women’s Club (OIWC) is a non-profit organization that has been around for 60 years. We are known for our generous donations to support local…
  • Gokoku-ji Temple
    November 25, 2016

    Gokoku-ji Temple

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Have you had a chance to visit the beautiful Naminoue-gu shrine yet? If you are planning a visit, I’d like to draw your attention to its Buddhist cousin, Gokoku-ji temple.…
  • Jingū-ji Temple
    November 18, 2016

    Jingu-ji Temple

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Have any of you visited Futenma shrine caves? For those who have, you may or may not have noticed, a short walk up the road from the highway is a gateway. This is the entrance…
  • Bullfight
    November 8, 2016

    November 2016 Local Events Calendar

    CONTRIBUTED BY KERI C. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of November. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info…
  • imag4373
    October 1, 2016

    October 2016 Local Events Calendar

    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of October. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info…
  • Temples Shrines
    September 26, 2016

    Visiting Shrines & Temples in Japan

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY   The two biggest religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. The former's place of worship is a shrine; the latter a temple. Whilst these two religions vary somewhat…
  • IMAG2814
    August 1, 2016

    August 2016 Local Events Calendar

    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of August. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info…
  • Kokusai Dori
    July 18, 2016

    Kokusai Dori, Naha

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Kokusai Dori (street) is a hugely popular tourist spot located in Naha, Okinawa’s capital city. The name Kokusai Dori translates to “international road”. It’s one…
  • Haebaru War Museum
    July 15, 2016

    Army Depot Hospital #20, Haebaru War Museum

    CONTRIBUTED BY CAPTAIN IAN This place is off the hook awesome! And by awesome, I really mean emotionally tragic. I visited Army Depo #20 with my wife and four of her colleagues (for OPSEC sake, these…
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