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InstaGuam 2018: The best destination for an instant vacation

Blessed with swimsuit weather all year-round, Guam is an idyllic, friendly paradise that is home to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches...

Exploring Osaka beyond the cuisine

Oshizushi, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakiniku—we all know Osaka as the food-haven of Japan, but what else does this bayside city have to offer?...
Photos by Nano Betts

Tokyo: Things to see on your first visit

Trip to Tokyo is a psychedelic experience and no guidebook, documentary or movie can prepare you for it. Home to more than 13 million people,...

The scoop behind Okinawa’s famous tropical shirt

“This is a bit too stylish. I am not sure if my boss would recognize it as a Kariyushi shirt,” said a young Okinawan businessman.
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Living Abroad: Home is wherever I am 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...

Heat up in an Onsen

Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain scenery and all...

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

The rise, fall & 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...

Destination China: The Great Wall, refreshed

Isolated from China’s pollution and price-gouging, Great Wall Fresh turns the country’s biggest tourist attraction into a uniquely meditative...

An inquisitive goat has a look at the humans visiting Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City, Japan. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Okinawa Zoo a perfect day trip for family, animals

My year-old son let out a series of ear-piercing shrieks as we turned into Okinawa City’s Goya district on a recent sunny day. He then began to...

Photos by Nano Betts

5 amazing ways to spend the New Year in Tokyo

I love Christmas festivities, but New Year’s Eve celebrations are particularly dear to my heart. Firstly, there are a lot of my family...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Explore the center of Okinawan pottery

While many resort hotels on Okinawa’s west coast might offer an ocean view, Hyatt Regency Naha has a little something different.
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