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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...
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...
Tropical Depression—a storm categorized with sustained winds equal to or less than 33 knots (64 km/h)—94W is bearing down on Okinawa northwardly at a speed of 50 km/h with it expected to pass the main island of Okinawa by June 27 at 6 a.m., but the brunt of it coming in the earlier morning hours. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency - Typhoon Cyclone Information During those times, the maximum sustained winds of 94W are estimated to be around 30 knots (56 km/h). Putting this into...
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...
On the morning of May 16, 2019, at 11 a.m., the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory made an announcement that it is believed that Okinawa has officially entered this year's rainy season. This season comes 7 days later than normal but 16 days earlier than the previous year. However, it was delayed from the beginning of the rainy season in the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture, an island approximately 375 kilometers (233 miles) northeast of Okinawa, that began on May 14. The region of...
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