Watch Santa come to town

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December 22, 2014

It is the time of the year and Santa Clause is busy getting ready to see all the children who have been good this year. Santa knows where those children are even if you and your family are stationed on faraway bases in the Pacific.
  
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Celebrate New Year’s in the Oshogatsu tradition

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December 19, 2014

New Year’s, or oshogatsu, is one of Japan’s most important and longest holidays.

Although oshogatsu originally referred to the whole month of January, most people associate it with the first three days (sanga nichi) of the month. On...

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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

You say 'shrine,' I say 'temple'

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December 19, 2014

People may be surprised to hear that Japan has more temples (77,000) and shrines (81,000) than convenience stores (48,908). But according to the Agency for Cultural Affairs, it’s true. When it comes to the differences between these two types of...

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