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Obon recently passed and Halloween soon approaches. Likely you have heard some of Okinawa's ghost stories, but I've collected a few of my very favorite. If you dare, visit the sites of the stories and see if you get chills. Each time I pass one of these legendary places, my hackles raise and I am sure the tales originate in truth. One gate of Hansen always remains closed. No Japanese guard will stand watch at the barrier. It is said that every night at a certain hour, a man approaches the...
After exploring Sugar Loaf Hill and getting a better peek of the RYU:X towers in Naha, the two tallest condominiums standing in at 30 stories and 99 meters tall each, I took a stroll around the area to see more. I usually stick to the hustle and bustle side of where Main Place and the shopping and restaurant district is. However, this time, I stayed on the opposite side of the road walking up and down streets. I couldn't help but notice this beautiful waterfall outside of a building with a...
The sport called geocaching started in 2000 and mushroomed to cover the entire world. Players hide caches, which can be anything from a large box with small knick-knacks and a logbook to a tiny casing with a paper inside for signatures. On land, families often carry trinkets to switch out for the small toys in a larger treasure box, or they might bring a "travel bug." A travel bug can be transported from one cache to another and logged so that owners can see how the bug has traveled...
Most people will recognize Sefa Utaki solely by one picture alone. Yet, there's much more to the most sacred site of the Ryukyu Kingdom than merely that rock formation. In fact, there's a significant history behind the place; so much so, that it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with 8 others in Okinawa, under "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu." Getting there these days with GPS isn't a challenge, especially using the pin below. However...
The 3rd Annual Okinawa Americana Fest will take place on September 15th on the first-floor of Koza Music Town Center. This event is hosted by Okinawa Americana, Gate 2 Garage, Nashville Okinawa, CRAZYz Chicken N' Waffles Koza Express, and WMD Street Food. Entry to the event will be free. There will be live music and musical performances by the Kluso Band, Mahalo, Nashville Okinawa Line Dancers, III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, Keiko, Scoty Doesn't Know Band, Okinawa Americana, and...
Living abroad in Okinawa, Japan has its hardships on its own, such as being away from everything that you've ever known for such a long time. If you happen to prefer American toilet paper over Japanese, ending your day with it flopping all over the floor because it quickly falls out of some Japanese dispensers shouldn't add to your problems. While scrolling through social media feeds, a life-hack popped up. For some, this can relieve a bit of stress, albeit maybe only a small fraction in...
Fortunately, with the hard work and efforts set forth by Okinawa Regional Customs, the drug, and even gun trafficking, is to a minimal. I want to hope at near-zero, but, I'm keen to believe some still slips through, as it does everywhere. There's a quint, quick and free exhibit Naha on the 3rd floor of the pinned location below. It has a display of not only guns and drugs confiscated, which of course are replicas, but counterfeit goods as well. By the time you enter the museum, you...
It doesn’t matter where you are from or how old you are, karaoke is the universal attraction that everyone can gather and enjoy together. However, it seems a bit different from how it is enjoyed depending on the country. I’ve noticed that in the states, karaoke is usually done publicly in bars and pubs in front of others, but that's not how it normally is here in Okinawa. If you are on the island and karaoke lover, you can't leave without experiencing what that karaoke really is as it was...
Spending summer in Okinawa is not as easy as you thought it would be? I know, most people who visit here probably have no idea how hot it can be or as frequent as it can rain—even in the summer—until they actually get here. If you're a tourist and your main purpose of visiting Okinawa is to go to the beach, just stay on the alert for heatstroke. Heatstroke can be so easy to come down with, and this is shown by the number of people taken to hospitals every year for it. "Where else can I go...
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