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Okinawa Motor Festival

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Oki Motor Fest Street Jam Any motor-heads out there? Enjoy watching car or motorcycle racing? Or perhaps you want something...

Stardust Fantasia at Kanucha Resort

This post was originally published on December 31, 2010.  We're pulling it out of the archives for those of you who are looking for...

Cherry Blossom History

CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES Back in the states, I remember going to places like Macon, Ga., and Washington D.C. for their Cherry Blossom Festivals.  Then...

Start Off The New Year With A Temple Visit

 CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON I wish you will have a good new year! Yoi otoshi o omukae kudasai! よいお年をお迎えください。   source One of my most memorable events of...

New Year’s Eve Traditions

 CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS I wish you will have a good new year! Yoi otoshi o omukae kudasai! よいお年をお迎えください。   source Otoshidama-bukuro (Otoshidama money envelopes) The timing of this...

Shichi-Go-San Festival

Shichi-go-san is not a national holiday and is celebrated on November 15th, or the closest weekend that falls on that date.   CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE...

Bunka-no-Hi

Bunka-no-hi is celebrated on November 3rd of each year, which is this Monday. CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS Photo of Festival Dancer by Pamela Oliveras Next Tuesday, the...

Top 5 "To Dos" Our First Year in Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON Having been on island for one year now, my husband and I have experienced Okinawa in all its glory during different times of year...

What you don’t know about Eisa

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS   Photos compliments of Pamela Oliveras We've all seen the eisa dancers, or at least heard of them, but do we know why...

Mame-Maki (Bean throwing ceremony 2/3)

Editor's Note: We also have another post about Satsubun, written by Joelle, that tells a bit more about this festival.  CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY While...

Japanese Funerals

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY Rites of passages. All cultures have them. And if you are lucky enough to know a few local people who are...

Okinawan Wedding Etiquette

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY I am always excited to get an invite to a wedding. However, I have yet to be included in a traditional...

A Taste of Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLYERACE Tonight after dinner, I took Gabe out for an evening stroll. Usually we walk in the morning, but now with the heat...

Travel Tips To Tokyo For Fancy but Frugal Families

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON Someone asked in a previous post how to travel from Okinawa to Tokyo in a more "economical" fashion, and I thought...

Cherry Blossom Festivals

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA So the Powells & Kelly want to know about the Sakura (Cherry blossom) Festivals which are supposed to happen next weekend...

What To Do for New Years

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA I've lived all of my life later than New York.  Until now.  This is the first New Year's Eve that I'll...

Keiro No Hi

敬老の日, originally uploaded by annya_okinawa. Did you respect your elders today?