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Ryukyu Tribes Clothing Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK Last week on a drive up north to "see what we could see", my friend and I spotted Ryukyu Tribes – with...

Kids and Karate – More Than Just a Martial Art

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE When I learned that I was pregnant with a daughter, my mind immediately filled with girlie thoughts: butterflies and flowers.  Tea...

Okinawa Kids Clothing Swap Program

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA As some of you know, I was a bit shocked to give birth to a little girl in July.  Along with...

Where Do Your Little Ones Dance?

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE It's a fact: little girls (and many little boys!) love to dance.  Back in the US, dance studios are everywhere.  The...

Zukeran Egg Shop and Zoo

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON I know unusual and mismatched business combinations exist out there in the world. I've danced at a Disco/Rodeo in San Antonio,...

Reader Question: Japanese Elementary Schools

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE Last week I received the following email in my in-box, and unfortunately I had no immediate answer for her.  I'm extending...

Round 1 – This One’s For The Little Kids

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE Mary wrote a review about Round 1 back in June, and she did a great job letting us in on all...

Toys R Us, Naha

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE We have lived here on island for almost ten months now, and somehow I've managed to avoid making a trip to...

YuKids Island

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE This past week, I got adventurous. I decided to take a trip with my kids... to Toys R Us in Naha....

Help! My Kids Need Their Hair Cut!

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE As a parent, there are many milestones that we anticipate for our children: first time rolling over; taking their first steps;...

Hippotherapy

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY Interacting with horses like Sprite and Coke helps kids with disabilities Hippotherapy actually has nothing to do with hippos, and everything to...

Busena Underwater Observatory

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL Every since they saw Finding Nemo both my husband and my oldest daughter have enthralled by the ocean and marine life....

Seaside Bowl

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL Since I was little I have loved to watch people bowl. There is something about watching the ball roll quickly down...

Kadena Youth Bowling

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL Every Saturday at 9:30 for the last month we have made our way over to the Emery Lanes. My 5...

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL World War II ended on August 15, 1945. In Japan the day is known as Shuusen-kinenbi (終戦記念日), which literally means the...

Backpack, backpacks, loaded up with things and knick knacks, too!

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON School's starting in less than two weeks ... are you ready? Where in the world can you find the "just right" backpack...

Pools, pools, pools…

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA "It's hot! Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot...

Zanpa Beach

CONTRIBUTED BY DANIELA I love beaches. They scream of vacation, tans, fun, drinks with little umbrellas and summer. All around a fantastic time. But nobody...

Alligator Steps

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA It's like stepping into a wonderland.  Green "grass" covers the floor, beautiful blue sky with fluffy clouds and beaming sun cover...

Japanese Primary Schools

CONTRIBUTED BY KIMBERLY MITCHELL Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there! Did you know this year is the 100th anniversary of...

Murasaki Mura

CONTRIBUTED BY JULIA Murasaki Mura is an old Okinawan village where you can make various crafts. Entry was only about 500 yen but they’ll get...

Children’s Books

CONTRIBUTED BY KIMBERLY MITCHELL Moving with kids is always hard. Moving halfway around the world to a place that doesn't speak your language and has...

Japanese Diapers

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO I buy Japanese diapers not only because I think that they are well made, but also they are cheaper than American diapers....

Diapers, potties, and travel… Oh my!

CONTRIBUTED BY KIMBERLY MITCHELL We are just now heading into the wide world of potty training. I admit that I am a major germaphobe and...

Gymnastics & Cheerleading

CONTRIBUTED BY MARISA AMICK Gymnastics My nine-year-old daughter has been taking gymnastics at the Kadena Youth Center for about three months now.  She had previously...

Music Classes

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA I still cringe when I hear a kitchen timer go off.  I'm immediately transported back to those endless years of sitting...

Okinawa World

CONTRIBUTED BY CATHRYN JENSON   If you are looking for a fun day-long adventure then you should consider Okinawa World.  The fees are...

Birthday Party Ideas

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO I need readers' help on this request as I do not have all the necessary information!  I'd appreciate it if you could...

The Better Babysitter

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA I think my 12 year old stepdaughter might be more qualified to take care of my young boys than I am...

Mihara Horse Riding Club

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON My children love this and I usually take them here twice a year. The pony rides are only $10 and if...