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Unique farmhouses quite the sight in northern Japan

Travel around the hilly valley in the central part of northern Japan, and you will encounter an impressive rural landscape of traditional...
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Minakami: Take a water ride on the wild side of Japan

It was all about sliding, jumping and splashing. And for some, it also was about screaming.

The group of people screeched in excitement as...

Chatan Nirai Dragon Boat Race back July 1

The popular Dragon Boat Racing season has not quite wrapped up yet on the island. Come July 1, the 12th Chatan Nirai Hari will take place at...
Photos by Nano Betts

A visit to the magical Studio Ghibli Museum

I can shamelessly admit that up to this day (and I’m 4 days short of becoming 33) I still passionately love animated movies. I make sure to...

Surfi's up off the shores of Okinawa

Okinawa is known for its crystal clear water and beautiful coral reef for diving. However, for surfers, there are some serious waves breaking over...

A dip in the ocean will refresh you body in this delightful resort. Photo by Hyakuna Garan

Hyakuna Garan Resort & Spa: Be one with nature

Hyakuna Garan is very much a symbol of the resurrection of Okinawa. Located near the epicentre of the Battle of Okinawa, these bleeding hills...
The Stone Lion of Tomori stands watch over the southern Okinawa countryside.  MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

Tomori’s stone lion one of the most famous survivors of the Battle of Okinawa

It is an iconic photograph that has come to symbolize the Battle of Okinawa — a pair of GIs huddled behind a menacing stone lion, observing a...

Top 5 day trip destinations from Bangkok

Top 5 Day Trip Destinations from Bangkok

Bangkok is not only the most popular city in Thailand, but it also makes a great...

Photos by Jun Sakahira, Stripes Okinawa

Experience Japan's unique approach toward baseball

Ask your friends what the national sport of Japan is, and although many of them will give you the right answer (sumo, of course), some might...

MY FAVES: Castles throughout Japan

Japan is home to many majestic castles. They are symbols of the country’s history, culture and pride.
 
Showcasing some the...

World heritage sites on Okinawa abound

World of “Ryukyu” Led by nine World Heritage Sites Okinawa was formerly called the “Ryukyu Kingdom” from the 14th to 16th century. Nine ...

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