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Smoke stack near White Beach offers historic, scenic views

There’s a spot on Okinawa where you might not see many people, but it offers a picture prefect view and an intriguing historical insight for...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Slippin' & slidin' away at Okinawa water course

Laughs of joy could be heard everywhere.
“Ha ha ha!”
“Oh my god! I am just gonna crawl!”
Visitors catch a glimpse of a rare black-belly Manta. The black Manta can only be seen at the Chuarumi Aquarium in Okinawa.  AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Churaumi Aquarium offers family-friendly year-round respite from Okinawa’s heat and rain

Okinawa is so famous for its blue skies and white sandy beaches that most people assume it’s sunny year-round on the island. However, the tiny...

The Atomic Bomb Dome is part of the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. The building which is one of few still standing after the attack is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a memorial to more than 100,000 people who died. Photo by Rachel McIntosh, Humphreys High School

Commentary: Hiroshima’s Peace Park is emotional trip of a lifetime

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE – As an American stepping into the Peace Museum in the heart of Hiroshima’s Peace Park, I have never felt more like a...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Give a hoot! Check out Owls Adventure Park on Okinawa

You don’t need to be a wizard at Hogwarts to make friends with owls.
Owls Adventure Park in Naha offers a place where...

Off-road adventure on Okinawa a must!

Off-roading is fun, but may not be easy to come by if you are not the owner of a nice SUV or ATV. But here on Okinawa there is a place where a...
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Winter Festivals to check out in Korea

If you’re looking for something fun in South Korea for you and your family, look no further because we have just the right family-orientated...

Godzilla returns at Tokyo exhibit through Jan. 27

Godzilla, together with his friends and enemies, continues to entertain in theaters and on television screens around the world.

Osaka tops winter overseas trip wish list for Koreans

Osaka has once again topped Koreans winter overseas trip wishlist for 2019 according to new data released yesterday.
If traveling on official business, U.S. military personnel are exempt from Japan's new 1,000-yen departure tax.  COURTESY OF PIXABAY

Servicemembers won’t have to pay Japan’s new departure tax if on official travel

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. military personnel are exempt from Japan’s new departure tax when they’re travelling on official business, according...

Photo by Michael Flemming/JapanTravel

From caves to kitsch, Okinawa World inspires all!

Whether you have kids or not, the coolest place on the island can be found at Okinawa World.  Located about 20 minutes southeast of Naha, in Nanju...

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It can be a whale of a time on Okinawa

Whale watching is a fun and exhilarating thing to do. Many people likely would agree with that. I knew for me though, a few hours out at sea...