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It can be a whale of a time on Okinawa

Whale watching is a fun and exhilarating thing to do. Many people likely would agree with that. I knew for me though, a few hours out at sea...

A cosplayed Mamoru-Kun renders a salute alongside members of Kadena Air Base and a local volunteer during a beach cleanup Oct. 9, 2016, at Araha Beach, Okinawa, Japan. Mamoru-Kun is an iconic figure from one of Okinawa’s smaller islands, Miyako-Jima, who stands post as a lookout for society. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

Mamoru-kun is always watching

It was the peak of summer 2015 and I could barely wait until Friday so I could spend my time off snorkeling and stuffing my face with local...

The stone path leading toward the bridge

Okinawa's Sueyoshi Koen: Escape to the jungle in central Naha

If you've seen the main sights of Naha, and would like to 'get away from it all' without leaving the city, Sueyoshi Koen is the perfect...

Train (and other) travel made easy

When traveling within mainland Japan, the two most common transportation cards are PASMO and SUICA. Both cards allow you to use most of the...

Base-by-Base breakdown of taking train in Japan

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...

The best holiday gifts for your favorite travelers

Travelers can be especially difficult to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get for friends or loved ones who would rather be off...

Illuminations dazzling Okinawa during holiday season

From late autumn through winter, elaborate and colorful light displays – from Sapporo, Hokkaido to Tokyo to Itoman, Okinawa – ring in the...
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Okinawa’s all lit up for the holidays

From late autumn through winter, elaborate and colorful light displays – from the northern island of Hokkaido to the southern islands of Okinawa...

Snake Blood and Turtle Bile in Taiwan

I make a vain attempt to explore Snake Alley as soon as the typhoon starts to leave Taiwan. Parts of the country are flooded. Outside my hotel the...

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Sculpted beauty at Sapporo Snow Festival

Hundreds of gigantic, eye-catching castles, shrines, Disney characters and Darth Vader of Star Wars will be shining February in the winter...

Everyone celebrates this guy’s birthday

The Japanese celebrate a national holiday not on Dec. 25th, but instead on the 23rd!

While Japan doesn’t recognize Christmas, the Emperor’s...

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Getting into hot water

Editor's Note: Folks, if you plan on heading to the maiinland over the holidays, check out Beppu.

Soaking in a natural hot spring,...

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