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Lessons your children learn from traveling

To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during...

Dive, Dive, Dive! Take the plunge off Okinawa’s shores

The Okinawa archipelago is known as one of the world’s best diving destinations, having a number of coral species and marine lives as large as...

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Guide

Thailand is home to the largest land animal alive today, and it happens to be the icon of Thailand. Can you guess what it is? Yes, elephants....
Photos courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization

DMZ, a symbol of peace and culture

The Demilitarized Zone, more commonly referred to as the DMZ, was set up and agreed upon during the armistice agreement. Roughly 20 years later,...

Photo by Scott Wheeler

Motorcycle enthusiasts on Okinawa should get some Grit!

During my teenage years, and into young adulthood, I enjoyed motocross and enduro type racing at the amateur level. As I got older and became a...

5 Best Thailand shows in Bangkok & Pattaya

Thailand always has many unique & exciting things to offer and one of them is the brilliant shows. The fancy shows and amazing performances...
Photos by Tim Flack

Okinawa's tale of two capes ... Zampa & Manzamo

KADENA AIR BASE – Incredible ocean views, a gigantic replica of a mythical “shisa,” and enough room for 10,000 people to picnic? Sounds like the...

4 off-peak travel tips

Traveling in the off season can be quite beneficial. First, there is the cost savings; from flights to hotels, car rentals and attractions —...

Photo courtesy of Naha Giant Tug-of-War Preservation Association

Naha Tug of War brings everyone together

If you have not been to the Naha Tug of War, search the word on Youtube. You will likely find clips of Okinawans and Americans pulling the giant...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Naha Tug-of-War coming to town Oct. 7

The Naha Tug-of-War is coming back for its 48th installment Oct. 7. Route 58 in Naha City, which is known for its busy traffic, will instead be...

MY FAVES: Castles throughout Japan

Japan is home to many majestic castles. They are symbols of the country’s history, culture and pride.
 
Showcasing some the...
Nankinmachi is one of the biggest Chinatowns in Japan, and features more than 100 shops selling a variety of traditional Chinese and Chinese-influenced sweets and snacks. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Go to Kobe for the beef, stay for the pork buns and European cityscapes

Located just one hour by train from Kyoto and just 30 minutes by train from Osaka, Kobe is a port town that rose to prominence in the 1860s as a...

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