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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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VIDEO: Enjoy snorkeling, diving at Okinawa's Gorilla Chop

If you are looking for a snorkeling/diving spot where you can enjoy water activities easily and safely, Gorilla Chop is a destination on Okinawa you don’t want to miss.

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VIDEO: Stationed on Okinawa? Head to Okuma Beach!

On Okinawa there are many beaches perfect for a fun day for visitors to choose from. But, Okuma Beach managed by Kadena FSS is one you won’t want to miss.

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VIDEO: Explore the world of modelmaking, Tamiya plamodels at Okinawa’s Urasoe Art Museum 

“Tamiya Ten,” which runs till Aug. 29 and is hosted by major plastic model maker Tamiya, features an extensive history of modelmaking in Japan.

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Did you know?: Bon Odori, traditional dance at Japanese summer festival

In midsummer, many step out in yukata, or summer kimono, and gather in parks which are colorfully decorated with lanterns – to eat, drink and perform traditional dances to the beat of Japanese folk music.

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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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In the footsteps of Okinawa’s railway

One day as I was driving, a funny tune caught my attention coming from a radio, going “Afee! Afee!”

Photo Of View from Nago-dake. You can see the ocean and Nago City.

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VIDEO: Exploring on Okinawa’s Nago-dake

Nago Castle Park is a hot spot for cherry blossom-viewing in the winter as thousands of visitors come to enjoy the pink blush flowers. Nago-dake, a mountain just at the back of the park, does not receive the same glory.

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Exploring Okinawa’s blue water caves at Cape Maeda

During a recent visit, me and my fiancé found our way to Onna Village’s Cape Maeda, known for its crystal blue water caves.

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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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My Faves: Japanese childhood toys

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I had a lot of fun playing with traditional Japanese/Okinawan toys, including kites and spinning tops.

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Okinawa’s Himeyuri Peace Museum a snapshot into WWII history

The museum tells the story of the Himeyuri Gakutotai which were among the 500 girls that served as assistant nurses to the Imperial Japanese Army during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.

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What a trip! Taking a ferry from mainland Japan to Okinawa

Recently my wife and I PCSed from Sasebo to Okinawa. We decided to end our time in Kyushu in style and roadtripped our way to the island. That’s right, we drove to Okinawa.

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Okinawa's wonderful waters great place to snorkel

If you are on the island of Okinawa, you have the opportunity to see world-class reefs in crystal clear water.

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