CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Air Force is investigating after an airman failed to report back to his unit at Kadena Air Base.
The unnamed airman — in his 20s, according to the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper — departed Okinawa on April 8 and has not yet returned to Japan, Kadena’s 18th Wing said in a statement Wednesday.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John Silvi, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepares for engine start during COPE North 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on Feb. 21, 2019.
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Joseph Moreland, attached to the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron 47, conducts a post-load inspection of a Mark 54 torpedo during a monthly task force weapons proficiency check.
For many people on Okinawa, Motobu Peninsula is a destination for a getaway. There are notable tourist spots such as Churaumi Aquarium, Mount Yaedake, and Bise Fukugi Street in Motobu Town, which takes up the west side of the peninsula.
Mainland Japan’s food culture continues to migrate to Okinawa, and every year new Japanese chain restaurants pop up on the island. Even items that were unique to the mainland like “Ehoumaki,” a sushi roll eaten on the day of Setsubun, are now common on Okinawa.
It was by accident that we stumbled across Café & Bar HAPI TAPI. On our way back from a snorkeling tour at Blue Cave, we were headed to a sandwich joint in Onna Village, but their parking was full. Instead, we drove a block down to a different restaurant inside thatt could have easily been just another nice beach house on this stretch of road.
To stroll the bustling maze of tiny stalls in Makishi Kosetsu Ichiba food market is to embrace Okinawa’s food culture. The combination of seafood, tropical fruit and fresh meat smells float in the air. The enthusiasm of local vendors hawking their wares adds spice to the experience.