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DMM Kariyushi Aquarium may not be the largest aquarium in Okinawa, but it does provide a good time for couples, families, or aspiring marine biologists. Getting there is not a challenge either. It's a 10-minute drive from the airport if heading south on 58 or 10 minutes from the last exit (A4) after the airport junction on the expressway—no need to head hours out of your way for an aquatic underworld experience in Okinawa any longer! The aquarium is located on the second floor of Iias...
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Goya Day isn't necessarily a holiday in Okinawa. However, it's the recognition of a traditional fruit grown in Okinawa, goya. While being classified as such, most outside of Asian countries wouldn't believe so as it is bitter in taste; it's known more widely around the world as bitter melon. Goya is a staple of many Okinawan dishes as you can cook—or even order—a lot of traditional foods prepared with it. The most popular that you'll find on a menu is goya chanpuru. Though, it can be found...
If you have one or more children that constantly need your attention, and especially if their ages are apart, you might have been exhausted every single day trying to figure out what could tire them out. But that was till yesterday! I always wished that there had been a place that could satisfy both of my kids, having two children whose ages are 8 years apart myself. So today, I am introducing you to this amazing park located very south. It's in Itoman, Okinawa, but worth the drive: Peace...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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