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Photo by Matt Orr: A man cools off by standing underneath the waterfall. The waterfall is a 30-minute trek from the car park. The creek is located 30 minutes north of Nago, Okinawa, just off Highway 58.

Slippery Slope: A challenging climb to falls

During a scuba diving adventure last year off beautiful Kerama Islands, a fellow diver was singing the praises of a river trek he had done...

The Way of Harmony

Editor’s note: As an aikido practitioner for more than 15 years, I was amazed to come to Japan and discover that Aikikai Foundation’s dojo...

Spend or splurge? Travel guru shares tips

There’s nothing like getting information from the best of sources. When it comes to cutting costs while traveling, Pauline Frommer (...

Photo by Matt Orr: Steps lead down to a memorial erected on June 22, 1952, by government employees in honor of fellow employees who died during the Battle of Okinawa. A visit to Peace Prayer Park on Okinawa, a short distance from Kadena Air Base, will not disappoint. The park is on the site of the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Battle of Okinawa.

Tranquil Space

Nestled on the southernmost tip of Okinawa is a memorial park that should not be overlooked if you’re inclined to go sightseeing.

Peace...

New water sport makes waves in Okinawa

There are plenty of sports and recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts to pursue in Okinawa. One little-known activity that is gaining...

Dragon boat gala exhibits fierce competition

Perhaps no oceanic sport embodies teamwork better than “ha-ri,” or dragon boat racing. On Sept. 25, more than 3,000 spectators watched 49 teams...

Photo by Matt Orr: A local surfer rides a wave at the seawall, above, after a typhoon narrowly missed Okinawa. There are multitudes of surfing spots located along the seawall that really get hopping when the conditions are right. Many American and Japanese surfers surf the shallow reef that extends about 100 yards from the walkway. In big surf, the walkway is inundated with spectators.

Surf, snorkel, dine, relax and more at Sunabe Seawall

If you were to ask anybody who has been stationed here about the Sunabe Seawall, they would not only be able to tell you where it is, but they...

Destroyed by war, restored castle a breathtaking destination

Perched atop the hills overlooking Naha and with commanding views of its surroundings, Shurijo Castle Park should be on everyone’s list of places...

O.C.E.A.N. volunteers clean up Malibu Beach in April. Photo courtesy of O.C.E.A.N.

Coastal cleanup group urges walking the talk


Editor's note: After the recent typhoon, which left much debris in its wake, we thought the following story will let folks know there is...

Two members of the Society for Creative Anachronism battle for the local chapter’s crown at a recent meet at White Beach.

Medieval chivalry meets modern times

Swords thwacked shields, thrusts were parried, and fair ladies cheered their champions as the battle for the coronet of the Palantine Barony of...

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group and 18th Wing from Kadena Air  Base view rusting war relics from the infamous battle on Iwo May 28 for professional military education. Photo by Jennifer Harwood

Iwo Jima bridges generations for fighters

Looks are deceiving on the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Visitors today are treated to the sight of lush greenery and bewitching onyx beaches...

American Village offers genuine taste of home

Okinawa offers much to its visitors and residents, from beautiful scenery and rich culture to fine cuisine. But it is far from America and can...

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