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An iconic sunset in Bali. Photos by Shawn Johnnides

MY PARADISE: Basking in Bali's brilliance

Bali is easily one of the best places that I’ve experienced while living and traveling in the Pacific. The thing that impressed me the most was...

Spring training a hit on Okinawa

While fans in Japan wait with excitement for the baseball season to start, teams head off to tropical lands for the spring training. One of the...

OUR PARADISE: The Porter Clan goes to Palau

Editor’s Note: This travel story, along with 11 others from readers like you in U.S. military communities throughout the Pacific, will appear...

Beach Rock Village, Part One

 It was over a year ago, the lady and I stumbled into a quaint handmade café in Hokkaido called Café Suiba (Suiba means roughly secret hiding...

Stroller warriors in Okinawa

When I was a teenager I thought it would be cool to one day be in a running club (never mind that I didn’t actually LIKE running. I still wanted...

Pre-race aerobic warmup

Kourijima Magic Hour Half-Marathon

A relatively new half marathon in Okinawa, the Kourijima Magic Hour Half Marathon is quite a bit more expensive than other half marathon races in...

CREDO ship

CREDO marriage retreat

CREDO – Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operations:  Great retreat workshops (Marriage Enrichment, Spiritual Growth, and Personal...

Josh Church (in red) “instructs” GORUCK Challenge participants Dec. 8 on teamwork. Photo provided by GORUCK Challenge Class 347

Challenge calls on participants to test mettle

Some of the toughest men and women on Okinawa are gearing up to venture into the unknown as they train for the GORUCK Challenge, an endurance...

Okinawa flower fest set to bloom at Ocean Expo Park Feb. 2-11

The 11th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC11) runs Feb. 2-11, simultaneously with the 27th Okinawa International Orchid Show at the Tropical...

Cherry blossom history

Back in the states, I remember going to places like Macon, Ga., and Washington D.C. for their Cherry Blossom Festivals.  Then there were the other...

Photo courtesy of OCVB

Japan's cherry blossom season starts here

Editor's Note: Folks, times running out, so take some time this weekend to smell the ... blossoms.

Cherry blossoms are the national flowers...

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