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Ssssssneaky Sssssnakes! Watch out for Okinawa’s venomous habu

You may not believe this, but I once saw a habu beat a mongoose in a cross-species duel when I was a kid.

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Flushing away my sanity and seat liner

It’s officially summertime, so people are packing up and heading out for a busy travel season.

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Kimodameshi brings chill to Okinawa

Just like horror films and scary stories give you goose bumps, kimodameshi and haunted houses make the Japanese cool with fear and terror - another reason they are considered summer attractions.

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Kumamoto ditches Japan’s Suica and Pasmo cards for convenient cashless payment system

Starting in 2025, some of Kumamoto Prefecture’s buses and trains will no longer be accepting Suica or Pasmo cards for public transportation fares.

Photo Of U.S. Air Force Col. Laura Ramos, center, outgoing 18th Mission Support Group commander, relinquishes the guidon to Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, left, 18th Wing commander, during the 18th MSG change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July, 18, 2024.

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18th MSG change of command at Kadena AB

U.S. Air Force Col. Laura Ramos, center, outgoing 18th Mission Support Group commander, relinquishes the guidon to Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, left, 18th Wing commander, during the 18th MSG change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July, 18, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Eric E. Austin, right, the outgoing commanding general, relinquishes command of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to Maj. Gen. Marcus B. Annibale during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 12, 2024.

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1st Marine Aircraft Wing holds change of command ceremony at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Eric E. Austin, right, the outgoing commanding general, relinquishes command of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to Maj. Gen. Marcus B. Annibale during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 12, 2024.

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USO pays tribute to those lost in Battle of Okinawa at Peace Memorial Park

At the base of one of stone memorials at the Cornerstone of Peace, two wreaths are placed in honor of the thousands of lives lost during The Battle of Okinawa.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Emily Figueroa, a vocalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, sings during the Camp Foster Festival on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2024.

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Camp Foster Festival 2024

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Emily Figueroa, a vocalist with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, sings during the Camp Foster Festival on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, July 6, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Andrew Tobojka addresses the audience during a change of command ceremony on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, July 9, 2024.

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Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3d Marine Division Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Andrew Tobojka addresses the audience during a change of command ceremony on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, July 9, 2024.

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Life, hot flashing before my eyes

This week, I turned 58 on a nondescript Tuesday during a busy work week while the rest of my family was away.

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Celebrating 75 years of the Air Force Medical Service

On July 1st, the Air Force Medical Service celebrates its 75th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in its long history of providing medical support to the Department of the Air Force.

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Rules for riding e-scooters in Japan

With the recent uptick of violations and accidents involving e-scooters in Japan, I realized it might be time to catch up on the rules and regulations of using these vehicles.

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Tanabata: Star Festival celebrated July 7 in Japan

The Star Festival originated from the Chinese legend of two stars, Vega and Altair – lovers who were separated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year on July 7.

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VIDEO: Summer safety campaign: Fireworks safety

Follow these tips for a Safe Summer with Fireworks.

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