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Enjoy motorcycles on Okinawa

During my teenage years, and into young adulthood, I enjoyed motocross and enduro type racing at the amateur level. As I got older and became a...

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The difference between a sento and an onsen?

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

Music fests to rock Okinawa on July 14!

Okinawa will host a pair of music festivals this summer. Once again, the Corona Sunsets Festival will return with fun, sun and of course,...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

An island full of wonder

A day relaxing on a beach, having a glass of beer and BBQ with your friend is a great way of spending your weekend in Okinawa. Or if you are a...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Let's go camping at White Beach!

White Beach Naval Facility is not just for ships making port calls to replenish their food supply and load up troops. The U.S. base is also a...
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Distillery tours on Okinawa

Several awamori distillers allow visitors to tour their facilities for free. Visit one and take a closer look at the art of distilling awamori....

Travel Junky: Why I invest in travel, not things

If my mom’s English was good enough and she read this post, she would probably not talk to me for a long time. My mother-in-law lovingly called us...

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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...

5 things that make Okinawa outshine other places

For a mere freckle on the map, Okinawa enjoys enormous popularity. And despite the land and people being grossly burdened by decades of conflict...

5 simple tips for a healthier vacation

We all need a break from the real world from time to time. Whether you’re taking the weekend or two weeks off, you have already completed the...

When living abroad, home ome is wherever you are now

They say there is no place like home, but as my life as an expat evolves I keep asking myself – where is home?

Believe it or not, I’ve...

Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

Three days in Shiga Prefecture: Take an adventure through rural, traditional Japan

In September, my wife and I set aside three days in Shiga Prefecture for a adventure into rural, traditional Japan through with tour guides...

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