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The U.S. Army women's dragon boat team paddled their way to a third-place finish in category A of the Naha Dragon Boat Race in Okinawa, on May 5, 2013.

Head off base for dragon boat races, bullfighting and concerts!

KADENA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 16, 10 a.m.; the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed...

Explore all options when searching for best deal

Editor’s note: Here’s some helpful pointers to finding the cheapest commercial flight available. Some may be time consuming, but they’ll pay...

Some advice when using commercial airlines

We recently sat down with Lawrence “Larry The Travel Guy” Clements, Liaison Officer for Camp Zama Information, Tickets & Tours to discuss the...

Taking leave to a foreign country

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI – Being stationed in Asia Pacific provides great opportunities for travel to nearby countries for leave. But before...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

Zen and the art of meditation

TOKYO –– My mother used to go to a Zen temple for meditation when I was a kid, and I had no idea what she was doing. In fact, watching her sit in...

Mihama American Village and the beach make for a good backdrop for photos from the balcony.

Terrace Garden Mihama Resort

Wouldn’t you like to return to a comfortable home away from home after a day of sightseeing in Okinawa? Well you’re in luck because that is...

The Bathhouse & EM Spa Corazon

After winning an EM gift certificate to a spa at a dinner I recently went to, I was ecstatic.  I love spas and this was like an answer to prayer...

Spanish colonial architecture of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur/Philippine Department of Tourism photo

Treasures near the Pearl of the Orient

The Philippines is a country blessed with nature, rich culture and arts, delicious cuisine and warmhearted people.

This country is a great...

The lush blue water between Yakena Island and Okinawa Island is beautiful and representative of scenic shorelines throughout the prefecture. Photo by Michael Flemming

Yakena Straits observatory

Travelers dashing across the bridges to five scenic islands off of Katsuren Peninsula are bypassing an obscure scenic overlook with views rivaling...

A gatepost and wall are all that remains from Japan's notorious Kinkaseki prison camp in Jinguashi, Taiwan. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Taiwan: Horrors of Japanese POW camps revealed to visitors at Kinkaseki

They were little more than skeletons clad in rags, skin stretched over bone. The scars they bore told the story of some of Japan’s most brutal...

Dive into adventures of the deep

Palau, the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef are places most often associated with dazzling diving and unforgettable vacations. And as summer...

Taste of spring: bamboo shoots

Springtime brings new life to the fields, mountains – and bamboo groves – of Japan. And there’s no better way to revel in its arrival than by...

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