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Photos by Jun Sakahira, Stripes Okinawa

Play Ball! Japan's unique approach toward baseball a real treat!

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...

10,000 dancers to parade through Okinawa's Kokusai Street on Aug. 5

Come Aug. 5, Kokusai Street in Naha will turn into a stage for 10,000 Eisa dancers.

The “24th Ichimannin no Eisa Odoritai” (Ten thousand...

Photo courtesy of Tomari-iyumachi

Time to taste Japan's terrific tuna

If you go to a sushi restaurant in Okinawa, tuna will be one of the most popular orders. If you attend a wedding or other type of celebration,...

Photos by Nano Betts

How I Spent A Blissful Week in Oahu, Hawaii

I’m thrilled about all of my vacations, but the moment we decided to take time off and fly to Hawaii I was giddy with excitement. In fact, the 7-...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Slippin' & slidin' away at Okinawa water course

Laughs of joy could be heard everywhere.
 
“Ha ha ha!”
  
“Oh my god! I am just gonna crawl!”
...

American Village is waiting for you!

American Village is a spectacular place to go. There are many stores and restaurants. My favorite restaurant to go in American Village is this...

Experts encourage overseas travelers to seek advice from a health care provider before leaving on a trip, and to make sure recommended vaccinations are up to date. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Preparing for travel can prevent illness

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Whether snorkeling, hiking, or exploring a new place, travelers should know how to stay safe and healthy while away from...
All Japan Fireworks Competition. Japan’s one of the most prestigious fireworks display competed by 28 fireworks expert at Omagari, Daisen city, Akita prefecture. (Photo courtesy of Daisen city, Akita prefecture)

Okinawa to light up the summer nights with fireworks

July
   
WHALE-STRAIT TOKASHIKI MATSURI: July 27-28, 6-9 p.m.; 300 fireworks display along with taiko...

A memorial to the two hundred thousand brave souls: Photo courtesy of Bonson Lam

Okinawa Memorial Museum marks the names of those lost

Shota, Shota, are you okay? Shota!”
 
It was a beautiful Saturday evening. Laughter and chatter fill the night skies on the...
Waves crash against the 200-foot cliffs at Hedo Point, the northern-most spot on Okinawa, on Oct. 18, 2015. The point is a popular tourist destination, and makes for a good day trip from Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Flack)

Get to the point and head to Okinawa's Hedo Point!

KADENA AIR BASE - North, or south? That's the sort of question that can best be answered by the flip of a coin when you're considering a weekend...

Let's fly like a superhero at Moon Beach, Okinawa

When instructor Keiko Sasamoto cued me by saying, “Start!” I straightened my body upright under the water, putting strength into my legs, ready...

In Search of a “Hopalong Cassidy” Moment

As someone who grew up on Okinawa, “Who’s got the coolest lunchbox?” was not a question I remember hearing during my school days. So, when I...

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