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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...
According to Japanese folklore, the Yasha is a female guardian spirit who became reincarnated with great fierceness and power. It is with that same fierceness our dragon boat team, the Yasha Dragons debuts this season. For those unfamiliar with dragon boat, it has a long and rich history here in Okinawa. Dragon boat festivals or "Harii" are held in ports all over the island to honor the sea and to pray for fishermen to have a good catch. Boats carrying anywhere from 4 to 10 (sometimes...
CHATAN – Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant and avid surfer, Todd Christensen of Sunabe, 54, spotted several divers in the water along the Sunabe Seawall in distress on Friday, February 9th, 2019 at approximately 11:30 AM. Christensen took notice of an ongoing rescue effort to get people out of the water in the rapidly deteriorating situation that they were in. There was an unknown individual that came out from a local dive shop with a rope. Christensen and the unnamed person then...
The first time that we took Marron to the beach at Senega Island after officially adopting her, she went absolutely crazy. It looked like she had never stepped foot on sand before. At first, she was a little skittish about the whole situation, though, it could've been just her in a new place with new people that she was unfamiliar with. However, as soon as she found out that she could start digging holes in the sand and how fun it was—as well as how great it tasted—we didn't want to leave...
Marron Matters is a series on our blog that follows Marron, our lovable adoptee from Okinawan-American Animal Rescue Society (OAARS), and her new family around Okinawa to anywhere willing to accommodate pets or where allowed. My wife, who was already interested in Marron, without showing me the picture of her, told me to visit an OAARS event on Kadena one day. Out of the many dogs and cats there, Marron immediately struck my eye and was so friendly—I wanted to take her home right away...
While there's no true replacement for those fitness freaks on Okinawa missing their dose of the approximate 260 grueling steps to the top of the Stairway to Heaven, here are two alternatives that you might enjoy until its reopening, rumored to be sometime in March of 2019, or anytime after for that matter. Both of these stairways are dwarfed by the Stairway to Heaven, but they will give your quads, hamstrings, calves, and shins (anterior tibialis) a great workout nonetheless. The Ankle...
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