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Pro baseball, or lack there of, on Okinawa

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

Okinawa's Owls Adventure Park gives a hoot about its customers

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

Here's 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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Photo by Simone Armer

Exploring Okinawa's magical Miyako Island

When you first sink your toes into the white sand and gaze out onto the turquoise waters of Miyakojima, you’ll forget entirely that you’re in...

10 Best Ways to ​Handle ​Travel Challenges​​ Like A Pro​

More often than not, we tend to bring back home the fondest memories of our vacations and travel experiences. However, the truth is, there are...
Nagasaki City’s Mitsubishi Sumiyoshi Tunnel Arms Factory manufactured aircraft torpedoes in the final days of World War II and was witness to the horrors of the atomic bombing on Aug. 9. 1945.  MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

Nagasaki Tunnel Arms Factory became a refuge for victims of the world’s second atomic bombing

History can be found anywhere if one looks close enough — including under the road you’re driving on.

Nagasaki City’s Mitsubishi Sumiyoshi...

Whether selling or buying, Okinawa recycle shop a real bargain

Selling your old stuff and shopping for bargains is a one-stop shop on Okinawa. Manga Souko, a recycling store with three locations on the island...

All Japan Pro Wrestling 'Super Power Series' May 14

All Japan Pro Wrestling, a professional wrestling organization, is coming to Koza Music Town near Gate 2 of Kadena Air Base on May 14.
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Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa Island hopping: 3 days, 3 islands, $300

Stripes Okinawa writer Shoji Kudaka is on a mission: Explore three Okinawan islands in three days and try to keep the cost around $300.
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Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

Here are a few of my favorite ... day trips in Japan!

The Land of Rising Sun is home to many amazing tourist attractions. You may have been told to visit Kyoto and Nara, or an MWR tour may already...

On Okinawa, don't let rainy season get you down!

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, rainy season starts in Okinawa every year around May 9 and continues for about seven weeks.
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