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Okinawa's Himeyuri Peace Museum

Japan likes to remember. They place an importance on remembering as a way to placate the past and offer prayers to the...

Takachiho Gorge. Photo by Michelle Madden

Japan from top to bottom

HOKKAIDO
By R.S. Reynolds

TANCHO CRANE RESERVE IN KUSHIRO
A group of Japanese...

Northern Marianas Islands: Adventures on neighboring islands

Truly Relaxing Tropical Getaway….A chain of 14 islands, the Marianas – Saipan, Tinian, and Rota awaits you.

We invite you to experience our...

Courtesy of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival committee

Check out these Eisa festivals

(This was updated Aug. 12)

KADENA EISA MATSURI
Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m.
‘Eisa’ is a traditional Okinawan dance with...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi, Stripes Okinawa

Mikoshi parades fill up the streets

Across Japan this month, traffic will continually stop as people in traditional festive attire energetically shouting “wasshoi” parade through the...

The fish were happy to be fed

Cape Maeda: Snorkeling in Okinawa

Cape Maeda located about an hour from Naha on the main island in Okinawa.

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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

Shonan Beach - The hot spot of Japan surfing

The sun rises slowly, coloring the sky and the majestic Mount Fuji with a faded orange tint.  The ocean also rises, offering a group of surfers a...

Iha Park is a paradise for parents with restless children

Iha Park

If you're planning to travel to northern Okinawa why not skip the Okinawa Expressway and take the road less...

Having your own car allows you to explore more remote areas. I enjoyed the sunset from a little fishing village. Photo courtesy of Chris Barnes

Nippon Rent-A-Car Okinawa

When I first arrived on Okinawa, I was a little shocked to find out there are no trains on the island. Okinawa’s public transportation network...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

Path to paradise

Lying there soaking in the sun, three things stood out:  the deep blue ocean, the white sandy beach and natural green turf I was relaxing on. To...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

We are back to normal

AOMORI, Japan – A seagull swoops overhead in the blue sky as local fisherman and a smattering of tourists bustle about the clean and orderly...

Florence Falls in Lichfield National Park, Australia. (Photo by Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)

Litchfield National Park boasts natural beauty, diverse wildlife

Hikers who “go walkabout” in Australia’s Northern Territory often find themselves tramping down the land rather than climbing hills and mountains...

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