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Okinawa's Legend of Handu-gwa

Many travelers visit the island of Iejima to see lily fields, tour the most popular caves, spend time at the beach, find the Ernie Pyle monument...
Photos by Joely Santiago

Singapore’s forest in the clouds

Wouldn’t it be wondrous to explore a forest in the clouds? Well, you can. Sort of. Cloud forests exist in humid tropical and sub-tropical areas...
Photos by Tim Flack

Okinawa's tale of two capes: Zampa & Manzamo

KADENA AIR BASE – Incredible ocean views, a gigantic replica of a mythical “shisa,” and enough room for 10,000 people to picnic? Sounds like the...

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Don’t be mean, travel green

It may be hard to “go green,” especially when traveling. However, imagine how much cleaner your favorite major city maybe if there wasn’t...
From vessels for carrying Awamori to plates that would grace any table, there is something for everyone.

Okinawa Pottery Street: Follow the footsteps of 16th Century artisans

Okinawa’s story is the story of baked goods. Not roast pork or pastries, but of ceramics, like the famous red roof tiles that grace the palaces...

Time to slurp away on Okinawa's 'Soba Road'

Take a ride down Soba Road

There is a road in Motobu Town nicknamed “Soba Kaido,” or “Soba Road,” for good reason.

There are more than...

Photo courtesy of  Tokyo Sento Association

What the heck is a Sento? Is it an Onsen?

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

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

Spend a day with family & animals at Okinawa Zoo

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...

Historic Nagoya Castle: The royal treatment in Japan's 4th largest city

After destroying an entire tower with the flick of his tail, Godzilla approaches a tall, white building with full force. But then he stumbles and...

My Five Travel Must-haves

My packing list tends to vary by location and season. If there’s a beach or pool, I pack my bikini. If there are mountains and snow, I bring my...

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