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Shin-Okubo: Japan's Seoul town attracts visitors

If you want to experience Seoul without taking a trip to South Korea, visit Shin-Okubo in Tokyo.

As soon as I walked out of JR Shin-Okubo...

An audience watches Sumo wrestlers, or rikishi, begin a match recently at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall. Before a match, sumo wrestlers execute traditional movements, which are actually ancient rituals. For example, upon entering the ring, each rikishi will clap their hands as they would at an actual Shinto shrine to get the attention of the deity at that shrine. Photo by Maj. Giuseppe A. Stavale

Japan's national sport influenced by history

TOKYO, Japan - If you have not been to a sumo match then your Japan experience may be incomplete. Sumo is Japan’s national sport and has its...

Craving oyster omelets and bubble tea in the middle of the night? Crowded with street hawkers, the 300 or so bustling bazaars on this tiny island operate until the small hours.

10 things Taiwan does better than anywhere else

(CNN) -- Editor's note: This story is part of a series highlighting superlatives of countries around the world. Click here for pieces on...

A trip to Nago Mountain

After reading about it and finally having a day nice enough for it, I decided to take a trip up Nago Mountain. What’s really cool about this...

Lance Cpl. Emerson P. Chavira travels along a zip-line  course recently at Forest Adventure in Onna, Okinawa.  The course is one of many Marine Corps Community  Services-sponsored trips as part of the “Home for the  Holidays” campaign. Chavira is an equipment operator  with Facilities Engineers, Marine Corps Base Camp  Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders

Marines zip-line through Okinawa's jungle

ONNA, Okinawa - A bus travels down narrow, winding back roads leading to an open field and what appears to be a cabin hidden in the thick...

Most tourists don't visit the path, so it is usually very quiet.

Kinjo-cho Ishidatami-machi, Naha

Any visit to Shuri Castle would not be complete without a walk along the ishidatami michi, or stone-paved path, in Kinjo-cho. Located on the south...

Kadena’s little spa pampers in big ways

Taking time to relax and treat ourselves can help relieve pressure brought on by work or school, not to mention normal military life stressors. To...

Photo by Charles Glover, courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Ishigaki island: Swim with big fishes in this little corner of paradise

Crystal-clear waters teeming with large marine animals, idyllic beaches, friendly local folk, a unique culture — and peace and quiet. This is the...

My Paradise: K-Cruise in Bali

Editor’s Note: AFN personality Kellen “K-Cruise” Carr found a piece of paradise in Bali, Indonesia. If you have found a piece of Paradise of...

Insider Guide: Best of Sydney

Gorgeous. Vibrant. Sexy.

You burn through a lot of adjectives describing the best of Sydney, with its great beaches, top-notch restaurants...

The West Gate and its precipitous approach.

My Paradise: The Great Wall of Korea

Deadline nears! Tell us about your experience in paradise! Submit your story and photos to paradise@...

My trip to India

Editor’s Note: New Okinawa Stripes writer Tetsuo Nakahara took a trip of a lifetime to India in 2009. We hope you enjoy his story. If you have...

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