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The Haebaru Town Central Community Center has a flowerbed that is planted with around 700 red spider lilies (Lycoris radiata). They are currently in full bloom before entering Autumn Equinoctial Week (September 19, 2020 – September 25, 2020). The flowers provide for a beautiful crimson color to the surrounding area and attract many butterflies. Red spider lilies is a plant in the Amaryllidaceae family. They stand approximately 50 to 70 centimeters in height without any branches, leaves, or...
By September 11, 2020, Okinawa Regional Customs had 16 cases of illegal drugs caught at Naha International Airport and other ports of entry in the first half of the year, reporting from January to June. This is a decrease of 38% from the same period the previous year. Japan Customs reports that one of the main factors of lower drug seizures rate in Okinawa is due to the fact that international flights and cruise ships have been canceled since February due to the prevalence of the new...
Hand sanitizers and masks are at high demand but yet have a very low supply if any, wherever you go. Whether you're lucky enough to get on base or have to shop off base, there's a shortage of all the necessities on the frontline for the battle against COVID-19. This leaves most to rely on just the alcohol going in and out of establishments followed by proper handwashing to protect themselves from coming into contact with coronavirus while out and about. However, Tadataka Sake Brewing Co...
NAHA -- Naha Airport will open its second runway on March 26, 2020, making it the sixth airport in Japan with more than two runways. The runway is 2700 meters in length and 66 meters in width. The expansion of the airport of the new runway touted a new control tower. The tower stands at a height of 88 meters, making it the second tallest air control tower in Japan, next to Haneda Airport. Construction of the new runway began in 2014—taking nearly six years to complete—costing ¥207.4...
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...
Seven-Eleven Japan Co. previously stated that they would be entering Okinawa Prefecture with their first Okinawa Seven-Eleven convenience store located in the parking lot of Sun Plaza in Itoman City due in part to a joint venture with Kanahide. Since then, there has been a shift of plans and there are now 14 Seven-Eleven stores that are opening around Okinawa on July 11, 2019, at 7 a.m. This number includes the originally planned Itoman location, some in Naha, as well as others spread over...
Jim Beam Summer Fes 2019, held across 8 cities in Japan, will be coming to Naha on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. There will be Jim Beam highballs served up as well as live entertainment from various performers and a variety of different food options from food trucks on site. Performers on June 29 will be Ukulele Gypse, I-VAN, Risky Dice, FNCY, [grandson] Gong, MuKuRo, Chicocarlito, Asian Turtles (Chouji, Ti-Da, Nagahide, Ayuka, Leo Feel), and CyberJapan Dancers. CyberJapan...
NAHA — BeerFes Okinawa 2019 will be held for three continuous days beginning June 7 and ending June 9 in the event hall on the first floor of the Okinawa Times Building. More than 50 kinds of craft beers, including the ones awarded at the International Beer Cup 2018 and the Japan Great Beer Awards 2019, can be tasted. The first 250 visitors to enter each session will receive a "Best Aroma Glass" with the "OKINAWA2019" logo while the remaining visitors will receive the normal design...
URASOE – At approximately 7 a.m. on May 31, an accident involving a Y-plate and dump truck occurred on Route 58 in the Nakanishi area of Urasoe City. According to Urasoe Police officials, a man in the US military driving the Y-plate vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital in a conscious state. The dump truck slid and blocked all three northbound lanes of Route 58. Traffic restrictions were placed at the intersection of the incident until being removed at 09:23 a.m. causing a traffic...
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