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Everyone celebrates this guy’s birthday

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December 11, 2017
The Japanese celebrate a national holiday not on Dec. 25th, but instead on the 23rd! While Japan doesn’t recognize Christmas, the Emperor’s Birthday is one of the 16 Japanese...
Cpl. Javier Carpintero performs a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) technique on a student on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Dec. 7, 2017. The purpose of MCMAP is to train Marines on combat skills that may be used in real-life scenarios. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)

Cpl. Javier Carpintero's route to becoming a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor

Base Info
December 09, 2017
Cpl. Javier Carpintero, a native of El Paso, Texas, is one of the motivated Marines that has earned instructor status in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

MY FAVES: Year-end traditions

News
December 11, 2017
Just like in the States, the holiday season is the most cheerful - and busiest - in Japan. With endless bonenkai celebrations heralding the season in the beginning of December,...
A view of the windward coast.

Hitching a ride to Bellows turned out to be paradise ... and cheap!

Travel
December 09, 2017
Editor's note: This story appeared in 2015 edition of Destination Paradise. We are now accepting stories for the 2018 edition, which hits the streets in February.
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