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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...
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...
Ironically, this site first went live on this day in 2018, and, besides describing what great features we had to provide to registered users and visitors alike on that day, not much else happened. Since then, we've immensely grown over 2019 and have experienced and shared quite a lot of unique things about Okinawa. Here is Okinawa.Org's Year-End Review: We have to start this off with our first blog post, not because it was our first, but because it'll help you navigate temples and shrines...
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...
We're giving away a good portion of our earnings here at Okinawa.Org this week to two lucky winners, early enough to enjoy spending it on Black Friday fighting over that new toaster that you really didn't need in the first place with a random stranger at the PX. Both parties will receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card, a Navy Federal Credit Union transfer, or $20 through PayPal—whichever is the preferred method. The commenter will be selected on November 28, 2019, at 2000 and both will be...
The long-awaited (for us) Okinawa Events calendar—which completes the core of our site, Okinawa.Org—has been released! This calendar will feature events aggregated by staff from various local sources such as towns and cities, newspapers and other various places to bring you the best of things to do in Okinawa. There are several views that this calendar has to offer. While on a computer, it might be best to view the events calendar in the monthly view. This is because it is reduced in size...
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...
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