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Pros
  • good food
  • plenty of parking
This was a good family lunch. I love okonomiyaki, my kids love monjayaki. So we ordered them both. There are lots of flavors/ingredient combinations to choose from. Even though we didn't do the all you can eat, the price was still very good. Plenty of parking, so that's not an issue. The staff was friendly and even prepared my okonomiyaki for me (even though you can do it by yourself if you want). I'd go again.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • big and clean
  • shows all the latest movies
This is a large, clean and pleasant movie theater. Very on-par with movie theaters in the US (probably even cleaner than US theaters!) I saw Star Wars IX here on opening day, and I am a bit disappointed I saw no one else in costume (ok, my "costume" was a Millennium Falcon T-shirt from long ago, but at least I made an effort!). My kids saw probably every thing else here that came out. The attached Rycom shopping mall is an added bonus because you can make a whole day out of coming here (some shopping, some eating, some movie watching). Snacks in the theater are ok (I'm satisfied as long as they serve popcorn). Overall, recommend this place to watch your movies.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • small class size
  • attentive teachers
My children have been at OCSI for a year (mostly pre-COVID, but also with COVID). I recommend the school highly due to the personal attention and focus given by the teachers. No one gets lost here for sure. The curriculum is American school based, so it made for an easy fit when we moved to Okinawa. Not all Americans on Island can place their children in the DOD schools. If you find yourself in that situation, don't panic. OCSI is a perfectly viable option.

As far as COVID goes, there is a lot of remote learning set up and it was managed fairly well so far. Hopefully they will be able to proceed with in-school learning when possible.

One suggestion is that the school should have more activities and sports.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • Good food, great price.
  • Supports local fishermen
I've been here a lot of times, and I'm always pleased when I go. It is not a fancy place, but is still great to get my sushi fix. My favorite to order is the maguro-don (minced tuna bowl) which I always eat on the patio overlooking the harbor. (OK, when the summer heat is too much, I do opt to sit inside the aircon, but always at a table that looks out over the harbor.) I also like how the products sold here support local fishermen. More sustainable? Maybe. But I like to support the little guys as much as I can instead of the giant predator fisher-fleets.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • A lot of different shops
Main Place is a decent mall. Its big enough with enough different shops to find what you need quickly, or spend an afternoon. One of the main reasons to go to a mall in Okinawa is to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning. This mall has that covered. It is no longer as new or as big as some of the other malls on Okinawa, but it still fits its purpose and makes for an enjoyable visit. Easy parking on site is a plus.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • Lots of different activities.
  • One price for all activities.
Cons
  • Some equipment is broken or under repair
This place is great if you have kids. Sure, its good for a family outing. Everyone is sure to find something they enjoy.
But even better than a family outing is to get your teenagers and their friends out of your hair and have them hang around somewhere other than where you are at. It is a great place to keep your teens diverted (or just moping around) without you around.
Ever hear your teens say they have nothing to do, or nowhere to go? Get them to Round One and set a time to pick them up. Then enjoy your own time doing anything you want.
Would recommend to a friend?
Yes
Pros
  • Quick to assist
Cons
  • Couldn't find parking
I stopped by Kadena Immigration Branch Office to see if I was eligible for permanent residency, then at the time under a marriage visa. It was less than a 5-minute stop where they ran my information and told me that I was eligible to apply. I decided to wait until my marriage visa expired and applied for permanent residency while simultaneously putting in for a marriage visa at Naha District Immigration Office to legally stay in Japan while awaiting a decision on a permanent visa.
Mr. James
Mr. James
Parking is at the Kadena city hall immediately next to the immigration building. Get your ticket validated for free parking.
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