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  • The Coldest Of Winter In Okinawa
    it sure is cold and it's been raining for a while making going out not a comfortable experience at all!
  • Living As A Vegan In Okinawa
    I'm not a vegan either. I would literally starve without meat! I know that there are health risks associated with meat consumption but eat it...
  • The Coldest Of Winter In Okinawa
    Well, that makes sense as to why I woke up earlier than normal curled up in a ball. Throughout the winter, I usually still sleep with a fan on...
  • Living As A Vegan In Okinawa
    I'm not vegan and I don't think I can ever be, but I do think it is a good think to be. Though, I have been wondering if it's healthy not to have...
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    So I suppose every line of work is effected during the pandemic...

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When the last day of the year comes in Okinawa, many get ready to celebrate for the new year in various ways. Some may prepare to attend the Mabuni Fire and Bell Festival to wish for peace, others stay home and watch telecasts of countdowns in Tokyo or go out and celebrate with friends and family, and some may even go to bed early, to possibly attend the first sunrise in Okinawa at Nakagusuku Castle. However, there's one customary tradition that most Okinawans don't forget to do: It's to...
This article applies to those who work on base and are unable to see a doctor due to priority levels but is intended more for expats. So, either way, don't totally dismiss this important information about medical care off base as you may have a family member visit that needs medical treatment (medicine specifically). All doctors aren't created equal in Japan, this most likely applies to ones in the States as well as around the world too. That is most likely why you often hear the phrase...
Looking for something fun to do this morning before possibly going out to enjoy a wonderful Saturday afternoon in Okinawa? So are millions of other people around the world. Today is the 21st of December, which might not mean much to most, except it finally being one day closer to getting able to frantically rip those Christmas gifts that have been sitting under the tree since Black Friday open. However, December 21st marks the birth of the crossword puzzle. The invention of the crossword...
There have been a lot of new places built for tourists in Okinawa lately. However, I believe Kokusai Street (Kokusai Dori; International Street) is the first thing that most tourists tend to visit while here. So, I thought I would give some useful information on the exciting tourist destinations today. Kokusai Street is located within a 10-minute drive from Naha Airport and stretches roughly 2 kilometers. If you are driving, paid parking lots are plentiful and located around the area but...
Kokusai Street Norengai, a newly renovated building that opened in the previous "Goodwill Town" building doesn't officially open all restaurants and shops until December 16, 2019 and until some time in February 2019. Though, if you happen to be on Kokusai Street on the night of December 15, 2019, there will be 7 stores open that serve anything from drinks, fried chicken, with a quinte yakiniku, and traditional Okinawan foods to bottled awamori, Japanese sake, and even whiskey. Their...
Have you ever experienced having a hard time finding a supermarket while traveling in Okinawa as you're not quite sure what to look for? Maybe that's when you're driving from Naha airport to north for places such as Churaumi Aquarium, and you want to make a stop for a light snack. Although there are numerous buildings and all the signs look the same, if you already know what local stores look like and what they sell, you won't have to waste your time trying to find one. So, here are five...
You’ve gotten to Okinawa and so much is new, including many large and sometimes loud creatures. From giant, flying beasts to things that hide in the closet, here’s a little breakdown: I remember my first nights in Okinawa. Of course, my husband was immediately sent on deployment. So, young and alone, I slept in a tiny off-base, Okinawa-style apartment. In the middle of the night, a croaking noise brought me to a fully woken state. What was in the room with me, and where???? I fitfully spent...
The 49th Naha Tug-of-War Festival will be held on October 12 through October 14, 2019. This festival is broken into three parts with all three days having games, food vendors, and a firework displays at Oonoyama Sports Park. On Saturday, October 12, there will be a parade on Kokusai Street taking place from approximately 1130 to 1400 with various starting locations along the street. Sunday, October 13, will host the famous giant Naha tug-of-war, with two 100-meter long ropes attached to...
Traveling to a foreign country can be very exciting. However, learning about the culture before heading out on a journey is highly recommended. That way, you won't offend anyone by doing something you would consider the norm. So, today I thought I would give some examples of what you should know when traveling and dining out in restaurants while on your stay in Okinawa. When you go to a restaurant, don't grab a seat unless the server allows you. Usually, the server takes you to a table...
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When we very first got to Okinawa, we were eager to try all the new foodstuffs. Many items looked strange and exciting. But we found one item that looked comfortable and familiar. Six doughnut holes topped with creamy icing and what looked like a garnish of chocolate. We popped one in and, "What in tarnation?" This was NOT a doughnut hole. While not horrible tasting, my mouth, expecting the sweetness of a dessert, wigged out at the octopus ball with a horseradish and soy sauce topping. Yes...
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