1. Sunset on 06/15/2019

    Sunset on 06/15/2019

    A sunset captured along a seawall in a diffusely populated area of Ginowan.
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    Why can't I post in Okinawa Pin Drops?

    Why Can't I Post In Okinawa Pin Drops? Okinawa Pin Drops is a new forum which allows for posting GPS coordinates (a requirement as some places are not indexed on Google); addresses of places that are auto-completed from a live search which will automatically populate the GPS coordinates; and as...
  3. Sunset on 06/01/2019

    Sunset on 06/01/2019

    The sunset captured on the coastline of Itoman, Okinawa, pictured with a windsurfer.
  4. US Contractor Arrested On Suspicion Of Causing Fatal Accident

    News US Contractor Arrested On Suspicion Of Causing Fatal Accident

    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...
  5. Questions

    Question What is the best beach in Okinawa, and why?

    There are several beaches around the island, some secluded to more popular beaches with overrun by tourists and even some that provide marine watersports such as jet skis, etc.. What is your favorite type of beach, e.g. secluded, packed, overrun by tourists, up north, central Okinawa, sandy or...
  6. Okinawa Enters 2019 Rainy Season

    Weather Okinawa Enters 2019 Rainy Season

    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...
  7. Golden Week: Ten Day Consecutive Holiday Begins Today

    News Golden Week: Ten Day Consecutive Holiday Begins Today

    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...
  8. Sunset on 04/08/2019

    Sunset on 04/08/2019

    Another beautiful sunset in Okinawa taken on a patch of coral found in Itoman, Okinawa.
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    Adventure Sunsets of Okinawa

    I don't consider myself a professional photographer—not even by a long shot. I'm still learning the tricks and trade of photography and working with I got to get my preferred style down. There are some interesting shots that I like to chase, one of which being an adventurous hunt of sunsets on...
  10. Sunset on 04/02/2019

    Sunset on 04/02/2019

    A sunset that was taken from Toyosaki Total Park in Tomigusuku with a view of a ship passing in front of what I believe to be Tokashiki Island in the distance.
  11. Sunset on 04/01/2019

    Sunset on 04/01/2019

    A sunset that was taken in a secluded beach area of central Okinawa.
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    Question Are there any off base gyms in Okinawa?

    Hi all, I’m gonna be back on island soon, but I don’t intend to be SOFA status again for the first couple of months. I’m going to be staying in Naha and I was curious to know if there are any good gyms down there; your review said that the Anytime Fitness around Shuri was kind of lackluster for...
  13. Questions

    Answered Does the aquarium take yen or card?

    Does Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium only accept yen for admission or do they take card as well?
  14. New Team in Town: Yasha Dragons Okinawa

    News New Team in Town: Yasha Dragons Okinawa

    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...
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    AGG Spam a fact of life on Okinawa

  16. Questions

    Question Family Mart vs. Lawson: Who does it better?

    Both Family Mart and Lawson have their differences. I tend to like the cutlet/curry at Family Mart as a cheaper alternative to CoCo's Curry (or anything above 500 yen for that matter as it's a fairly cheap dish to make); it has just enough spice and flavor for me. The premium chicken: Nobody...
  17. Two Alternatives to the Stairway to Heaven

    Adventure Two Alternatives to the Stairway to Heaven

    While there's no true replacement for those fitness freaks on Okinawa missing their dose of the approximate 260 grueling steps to the top of the Stairway to Heaven, here are two alternatives that you might enjoy until its reopening, rumored to be sometime in March of 2019, or anytime after for...
  18. A Must Go: Umikaji Terrace on Senaga Island

    Adventure A Must Go: Umikaji Terrace on Senaga Island

    When it is very usual to see many Americans hanging out in specific areas up north, I’ve noticed that the majority of them haven’t yet discovered other great places to hang out in the southern areas of Okinawa. So, I thought that I’d share this remarkable place that my family and I like to go...
  19. New Year at a Shrine or Temple in Okinawa

    Culture New Year at a Shrine or Temple in Okinawa

    I know many of you have spent the New Years a few times on Okinawa already, but have you ever wondered what the locals do to celebrate it? If you answered, “get drunk,” you’re not completely wrong! If you’d like to be a part of the celebration next year, here’s everything that you have to know...