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Kevin Vega, from Kadena Air Base, swings at a fastball at Chatan Sports center. Photo by Shoji Kudaka

The rise, fall, and comeback of batting cages in Japan

In 2011, Kitashirakawa Batting Center in Kyoto, was closed for good, calling an end to its more than four decades of batting cage glory. It was...
Photo courtesy of Tatiana Garcia

Staying at a hostel on Okinawa

If you're a budget-conscious traveller still intent on exploring the best that Okinawa has to offer, consider the Kitchen Hostel Aoi in Naha city...

Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience...
Grass skiing can seem intimidating, knowing you are entrusting your safety to a dubious-looking contraption strapped to your feet. JESSICA BIDWELL/STARS AND STRIPES

On Okinawa, you can ski year round. Seriously!

A tropical island where the temperature reaches 80 degrees on a winter day isn’t the sort of place you’d expect to see skiers racing down a slope...

Photos by Alexander Mutuc

Check out Okinawa's off-base markets for a fresh alternative

I heard about a small market named the Banana Stand somewhere near Kadena Air Base with a “decent variety” of affordable produce. When I finally...

Monsters bringing chill to Okinawan summer Aug. 7-12

Not afraid of things that go bump in the night?
 
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is set to host a free...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Taking the plunge at Moon Beach

As someone who avoided snorkeling for nearly four decades, I can empathize with those who might be afraid to try this popular water activity....

Off-road adventure you have to try on Okinawa

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...

The Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Wonderful Hong Kong

For the first time visitor, Hong Kong can seem overwhelming at first. Yet, the tightly-packed sidewalks teeming with people, the streets and...

Moxibustion: Feel the burn if you want to heal!

With the cold of winter upon us, many people will begin to “feel” the weather. Lower backs will hurt, while bones and joints will ache just a...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Owls Adventure Park on Okinawa really gives a hoot

You don’t need to be a wizard at Hogwarts to make friends with owls.
 
Owls Adventure Park in Naha offers a place where...
Photo by Jun Sakahira, Stripes Okinawa

Why doesn't Okinawa have a pro baseball team?

It’s safe to say that the game day experience of regular season professional baseball on Okinawa is limited to televised games. Although...

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