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Don’t get dispirited amid declining trend of hi-spirited chuhai in Japan

Changes are brewing among the infamous ready-to-drink alcohol beverages found at local supermarket and convenience stores in Japan.

Travel

Exploring Okinawa: Plant and animal lovers will love Tonan Shokubutsu Rakuen

Near Camp Shields, plant lovers and those who appreciate greenery will enjoy Tonan Shokubutsu Rakuen, or the Southeast Botanical Gardens.

Travel

My Paradise: Retracing gradpop's steps on Okinawa

Between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Okinawa, Japan experienced years of continuous rollbacks as many of their islands and territories, controlled by the Japanese Imperial forces, were reclaimed by Allied forces in the west Pacific region.

Food & Drink

VIDEO: The time is ripe for strawberry-picking on Okinawa

Back in the day, there was not much to like about winter in Okinawa.


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Your vote counts!: Time to vote for the Best of the Pacific 2024

It's a new year, and it’s time once again to turn your attention to the yearly tradition unlike any other – Best of the Pacific voting season!

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Yomitan Pottery Festival held on Okinawa Feb. 24-25

On Feb. 24 and 25, shoppers can peruse Yachimun pottery pieces at the Yomitan Pottery Festival’s 31st installment.


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My Paradise: Uncovering legends, myths in Okinawa

Okinawa abounds with legends and myths, surprises where least expected and rare animals that can’t be seen anywhere else.

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Fun in Okinawa: Mihama American Village Illumination through March 15

Okinawa's Mihama American Village is a vibrant entertainment complex which fuses American and Japanese culture, and it's filled with retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and more.

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Food & Drink

MY FAVES: Good eats for a great picnic on Okinawa's beautiful beaches

Although the temperature stays relatively warm throughout the year, winter in Okinawa can be a little too chilly for beachgoers.

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Celebrate Hinamatsuri, Japan’s doll festival, with delicious and auspicious meals!

Every March 3 in Japan is Hinamatsuri, a special Japanese holiday set aside to commemorate the growth, happiness, and prosperity of young girls.

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VIDEO: Chill out at Okinawa’s Sea Glass Beach near Camp Schwab

Hunting for strawberries for 40 minutes at Kafu Strawberry Farm’s greenhouse made me sweat like I would in summer. So, I decided to cool off at Kunjitahama, just south of Camp Schwab.

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Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa: An unforgettable, beachside getaway

If you’re looking for a curated and unforgettable experience in Nago, Okinawa, look no further than the Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa.

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VIDEO: Speakin’ Japanese lesson: Alone time on a quiet Okinawan beach

Minna Island, a small remote island located off the coast of Motobu Penisula, is surrounded by beautiful and peaceful waters.

Photo Of Watching whales off Okinawa

Travel

Watching whales off Okinawa

Whale watching is a fun and exhilarating thing to do. Many people likely would agree with that. I knew for me though, a few hours out at sea aboard a boat would be a big test. Having never been a good swimmer, an extended time on the water made me nervous.

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