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    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…
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    December 1, 2016

    December 2016 Local Events Calendar

    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of December. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info…
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    October 10, 2016

    Taiiku-No-Hi, Undokai, and Rajio Taiso – All About Sports!

    This post was originally published on October 3, 2009; we are resharing it with you so you have a better understanding of this unique national holiday. Taiiku no hi is a national holiday celebrated…
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    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…
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    September 19, 2016

    Respect for the Aged Day & Autumnal Equinox Day

    Keiro no hi is celebrated on the third Monday of September; this year it falls on September 19th; Shubun no hi is on Thursday, September 22nd. This post was originally published on September 18, 2009…
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    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…
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    July 7, 2016

    Tanabata – The Star Festival

    This post was originally published on June 30, 2008. We're pulling it out of the archives for you to enjoy.  Make a wish! According to Japan-Guide.com: Because the 7th month of the year roughly coincides…
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    June 30, 2016

    July 2016 Local Events Calendar

    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a list of local events for the month of July. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info…
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    May 5, 2016

    Kodomo-no-hi Children’s Day

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published on May 29, 2009; we're pulling it out of the archives for those of you who want to learn more about the flags you've been seeing all over Okinawa…
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    April 28, 2016

    Showa Day (Emperor’s Birthday)

    This post was originally published on April 25, 2011.  We're pulling it out of the archives for all of you - especially our newer readers - to learn about the importance of this holiday for our Okinawan…
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