• 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…
  • Ichigo Ichie | Okinawa Hai
    September 21, 2015

    Ichigo Ichie

    CONTRIBUTED BY INORI HAYASHI Editor’s Note: Okinawa Hai has partnered with Inori Hayashi, to provide a new monthly series written in a local voice. Our hope is to address some of the issues…
  • first day of school
    June 12, 2015

    Worried Parents Seek Your Advice…

    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE I'm a parent, and while it's not in my nature to worry (I seem to be lacking that gene) I think about my kids' safety regularly. They are both still elementary-school…
  • Earth salon
    February 26, 2015

    Hair Salons on Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Finding a hair salon and a stylist you love can be difficult no matter where you live. Below is a compilation of local salons I’ve gathered from friends and searching through…
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    September 26, 2013

    Learning Japanese Online

    CONTRIBUTED BY COURTNEY FRY What’s that? You want to learn some Japanese but don’t have an iPhone, or want something more in-depth than the apps? Here are a few ways you can learn with your computer,…
  • apps1-420x450
    August 30, 2013

    Learning Japanese With Apps

    CONTRIBUTED BY COURTNEY FRY Admittedly, I am a linguaphile -- I choose to study other languages for fun. In fact, learning Japanese was one of the things that most appealed to me about moving to Okinawa.…
  • Kanji
    August 2, 2012

    Confronting Kanji, Part 1

    CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK Kanji During a visit to see family, little did I know that an elementary knowledge of kanji would add another dimension to watching Top Gear, a British TV devoted to cars.…
  • Oroku-School
    July 15, 2012

    Oroku Japanese School

    CONTRIBUTED BY DAVID GOTTLIEB Oroku School It’s surprisingly easy to spend time, sometimes even years, abroad without needing to know the local language. More often than not, just enough people…
  • Ms-K
    March 5, 2012

    Introducing Ms. Kitanakagusuku: Being Healthy is the Thing

    CONTRIBUTED BY ANNA TIENTER As a half-Japanese person here in Okinawa, I am blessed to have my family nearby at all times. In fact most of them are very close to Foster in the village of Kitanakagusuku.…
  • japanese-for-busy-people-volumes
    February 18, 2012

    Self-Taught Japanese, part V: Japanese for Busy People

    CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK japanese for busy people volumes If the Japanese textbook Genki seems too intimidating, requiring too much of a financial or time commitment, the three volume series Japanese…
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