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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...
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...
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...
Here are a couple updates that we pushed out this week to improve the user experience here on Okinawa.org's forum. Profile Covers It seems like just about every social network known to man allows you to customize your profile. We asked ourselves, "Why not here?" So, we've implemented profile covers. A demonstration of such can be seen by hovering over this account's name for a smaller view or clicking it to see the full view in the profile itself. A profile cover can be an image or a new...
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