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Today marks the beginning of the longest Golden Week for the first time in Japan's history which will greatly affect business throughout Okinawa. April 29th and May 3rd to May 6th were already designated as holidays in 2019 to make up Golden Week. These days are Shōwa Day, a day that honors the birthday of Emperor Shōwa; Constitution Memorial Day, a celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan; Greenery Day that was once regarded as Shōwa's birthday but has since been...
Many of us like to spend the weekend or special nights having our favorite drinks outside the house. Whether you’re single, newlywed with or without kids, or you just want to go out with your children while your significant other is away, there's a lively place for everyone to equally enjoy the night. Okinawa izakayas You have probably come across many of these along the streets. They offer an amusing space along with various kinds of alcohol and good food. While restaurants are mainly...
Spring break is upon us. Finally, there's a reprieve from the weekly madness of waking up kids, fighting over outfits, shoving homework in the bag, and rushing to the bus. Whew. But by Tuesday you'll most likely be over the door banging from the rushing in and out, the constant requests for snacks, sibling fighting, and general chaos that comes with kids. Sorry, we can't relieve you of your kids, but we can give you ideas for places to go that won't break the bank and will get you out of...
Ever wake up thinking, "What should we do today?" I don't know about you but this is a constant question that comes to mind when planning our family's weekend adventures. Chipping away at our bucket list of things-to-do in Okinawa. I personally had no idea about this place called Bios no Oka. I saw an advertisement for it during one of my outings and saw they had a boot tour. I was instantly sold. What is "Bios no Oka"? "Bios" means "life" in Greek. Bios no Oka is a subtropical forest...
Though Okinawa is officially in Japan, it's really its own entity. Okinawa's unique culture and distance from the mainland also means it's often forgotten, this especially applies to when regional designs and promotions take place leaving Okinawa out or last on the list. That's why this latest news is such a big deal to the residents here. Since 2017, Coca-Cola has released slim bottles with designs depicting symbols and well-known tourist spots of Japan. In the latest release, Okinawa...
The hotel goes by many names to Japanese and English speakers alike: The Royal Hotel, Takahara Hotel or Kogen Hotel. More notably, though, it gained the title of being the "haunted hotel" in Okinawa. The unfinished Takahara-Kogen Hotel sits no farther away than 50-meters (55-yards) from the walls of the Nakagusuku Castle in Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa. It was originally planned to be built in order to take advantage of the tourist influx for the 1975 Okinawa Ocean Exposition as it would...
ONNA – Beach season in Okinawa is officially upon us with the opening of ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort's public Manza Beach and accompanying beachside pool. Swimming will be allowed today from 0900 AM but will be briefly put on hold at 1100 AM for the opening ceremony. After which, normal beach operating hours will commence. For swimmer's safety, the resort has four lifeguards on staff with upwards of two manning the free swim area at any given time. The forecasts for today look...
Two weeks ago, our official Facebook Page, Okinawa Questions, posted a poll on behalf of a discussion taking place in our Okinawa Questions forum. Within the thread, there was a Family Mart leaning discussion with members such as @WA6 chiming in to say that they spend nearly 1/4th of their income at Family Mart as it is in close proximity to their house. The founder of Okinawa.Org, @David, then stated that all his spare change primary goes to Family Mart, but would settle on Lawson if...
On February 15th, Kanehide's head office announced that they will soon be opening the first 7-Eleven in Okinawa. The same day, they held a customary ground-breaking ceremony for the store's construction. The 7-Eleven is planned to be in located in what is now the parking lot of Sun Plaza in Itoman. Construction of the 200 square meter convenience store is slated to begin on February 20th and they are expected to complete it sometime in June. However, the public grand opening of the...
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