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Looking for the official timeline of COVID-19 infections in Okinawa instead? → NAHA -- The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has appeared in Okinawa. On February 14, 2020, Okinawa Prefecture confirmed that a female taxi driver in her late 60s living in the prefecture was infected. This is the first confirmation of the virus appearing in Okinawa. The taxi driver guided passengers who had disembarked the Diamond Princess—the cruise ship that has 174 known cases to...
Naha Police in Okinawa Prefecture has arrested a United States Marine Corps Corporal stationed at Camp Hansen for allegedly stealing a bicycle parked on the sidewalk in the Asahimachi District of Naha City. The arrest of the alleged suspect took place on January 19, 2020, around 1645. It was dialed into 110 and reported by a witness at the time. The bike is said to have a current market value of 15,000 yen and belongs to a part-time worker. The alleged suspect was under the influence of...
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Here's a quick question for you to answer: Have you ever heard of or tried monjayaki before? If the answer to that was no, then this is a must-read for you! While sushi is known to be the most famous Japanese food, monjayaki—often called monja—has become very popular amongst tourists recently. Once you try it, you'll find out how flavorful and fun it is as it can be cooked at your own table! Monjayaki is often compared to okonomiyaki. However, there is a distinct difference between the...
If you've spent any time on social media, you've no doubt seen people posing with ornate or colorful mural wings. The Global Angel Wings Project was created in 2012 "to remind humanity we are the angels of this Earth." Founder Colette Miller has painted wings all over the world since the project inception. Okinawa is, fortunately, one of the locations as of 2017! Ms. Millers' artwork is found in American Village, on the 3rd floor of the Depot Island Building. They are on a balcony to the...
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...
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