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For 17 years, no one knew Sharbat Gula’s name. Everyone knew her face, though — the haunting green eyes, olive skin, her apprehension and beauty....

Low cost airlines - PEACH

If you have tried to get around Japan, you may notice that airfare is little expensive, or “spendy” as it’s called in the Pacific Northwest. And...

Islands of Kagoshima

It’s before dawn and I’m groping through a dark forest. As I climb the cedar mountainside, the rain intensifies to a deluge. Here on Yakushima,...

Azalea Festival

This post was originally published on March 14, 2008. Because it's azalea season again, we're pulling it out of the archives for our...

Roller Derby strikes hard in Okinawa

Women’s flat track roller derby has grown on Okinawa over the last two years. Today, the ladies who participate do more than just observe its...

“Serving in the Military: 1901-1945,” a temporary exhibit at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, covers the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps of World War I and World War II. Photo by Rudi Williams

Memorial sheds light on female military service history

WASHINGTON – Stories about women who masqueraded as men on the battlefield, survived prisoner of war camps, died in combat and other pieces of...

In the protective arms of Grandpa, Kai marvels at the colorful wingspan of a peacock strutting his stuff at Okinawa’s Neo Park. He later chased the bird off the path. (Photo by David Allen)

Neo Park: Spend an animal-filled day of fun at adult-tested, kid-approved

There’s something special about being with a child during his first visit to a zoo, especially a park where the animals mingle with the human...

Two whale sharks and other sea life swim past a massive viewing area at Churaumi Aquarium's largest tank. The aquarium is on Okinawa. (Travis Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Okinawa: See diverse marine life at aquarium

The ocean is an awesomely big place with sea life that can make humans seem truly tiny by comparison. But unless you are an avid scuba diver, you...

Photo by Christopher Dong

Exhibit dresses down French queen’s bad rap

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum in Naha is showcasing “La Vie de Marie Antoinette” (“The Life and Times of Marie Antoinette”), a more than 100-...

Photos by Shawn Johnnides

MY PARADISE: Hanging out in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is maybe the perfect destination for a long weekend getaway from Tokyo.  The flight is only a few hours long and Hong Kong’s sub-...

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...

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