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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...
CHATAN – At approximately 8:10 a.m. on May 26, Nicholas Christenson, 38, a contractor out of Kadena Air Base, was involved in a collision which resulted in the fatality of Isao Toriumi, 39, a motorcyclist at an intersection of Route 58 in Chatan. In a statement to the police, the US civilian contractor believed that he was able to make the right turn toward Miyagi Coast in his passenger car. While the vehicle proceeded to make the turn, it collided with the 39-year-old Urasoe man on a...
Orion Beer has officially entered the chuhai market with its release of the Watta brand. The Watta brand seeks to stay true to Okinawa by employing traditional and local flavors whilst embracing the drinking culture and allowing those that cannot drink beer to indulge in chuhais instead. In their initial debut, they put out three flavors. They are: Watta Relax which is a 4% alc. by volume shikuwasa flavor; Watta Strong, a 9% alc. by volume shikuwasa and mixed fruits flavor; and Watta...
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...
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