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Chatan Nirai Dragon Boat Race back July 1

The popular Dragon Boat Racing season has not quite wrapped up yet on the island. Come July 1, the 12th Chatan Nirai Hari will take place at...
Photos by Nano Betts

A visit to the magical Studio Ghibli Museum

I can shamelessly admit that up to this day (and I’m 4 days short of becoming 33) I still passionately love animated movies. I make sure to...

Surfi's up off the shores of Okinawa

Okinawa is known for its crystal clear water and beautiful coral reef for diving. However, for surfers, there are some serious waves breaking over...

A dip in the ocean will refresh you body in this delightful resort. Photo by Hyakuna Garan

Hyakuna Garan Resort & Spa: Be one with nature

Hyakuna Garan is very much a symbol of the resurrection of Okinawa. Located near the epicentre of the Battle of Okinawa, these bleeding hills...
The Stone Lion of Tomori stands watch over the southern Okinawa countryside.  MATT BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES

Tomori’s stone lion one of the most famous survivors of the Battle of Okinawa

It is an iconic photograph that has come to symbolize the Battle of Okinawa — a pair of GIs huddled behind a menacing stone lion, observing a...

Top 5 day trip destinations from Bangkok

Top 5 Day Trip Destinations from Bangkok

Bangkok is not only the most popular city in Thailand, but it also makes a great...

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...

World heritage sites on Okinawa abound

World of “Ryukyu” Led by nine World Heritage Sites Okinawa was formerly called the “Ryukyu Kingdom” from the 14th to 16th century. Nine ...

An inquisitive goat has a look at the humans visiting Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City, Japan. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Okinawa Zoo will make you animals lovers

My year-old son let out a series of ear-piercing shrieks as we turned into Okinawa City’s Goya district on a recent sunny day. He then began to...

Photo courtesy of Forest Adventure Onna

Zipppeedeedoodaaaa!!!!!!! Zip lining a blast in Japan!

“Yeeew!”

I yelled in delight as I zipped from tree to tree through the mountain forest. I was Tarzan and I had no fear.

I’m a big fan...

Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

Step into the Showa era with trip to Ome

Located on the west end of Tokyo, one hour from Yokota Air Base, Ome is an attractive town filled with nostalgia, traditional buildings, cartoon...

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