EVENTFUL WEEKEND: Lots of great activities planned on Okinawa for May 12-14

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa
May 12-13: Free Foster Fest fun
It’s almost time for the annual Foster Fest! So make sure to mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend. This free event will be held on May 12 and 13 from 1 to 9 p.m. both days at the flea market site on Camp Foster.
There will be fun for all ages, including Fun Land rides and bouncers, game booths and awesome live entertainment. Hungry festival-goers can chow down on a variety of mouthwatering delights, like sizzling burgers from Bulldogs, succulent BBQ beef brisket and pork shoulder from Hickory House All-American BBQ, cheesy pizza and Miami-inspired grub from the new 305 Latin Bistro. Patrons 20 years of age and older can enjoy refreshing adult beverages from Kanpai Lounge.
The headliner this year will be the fast-rising R&B-pop singer, songwriter and dancer Kehlani. Signed to Atlantic Records, Kehlani is known for bringing back the traditional ‘90s R&B vibe. Some of her most popular songs include “Gangsta,” “Faking It,” “Good Life,” “CRZY” and “Distraction.” Catch Kehlani LIVE on May 12 at 7 p.m.
Foster Fest is free and welcomes all service members, their families and Japanese citizens. However, no one will be admitted with pets, outside alcohol, glass bottles or coolers. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from designated parking lots on the base. Also, as always, MCCS encourages everyone to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive! Daiko and taxi services will be available. Local patrons can access Camp Foster through Gate 5, Kitamae entrance on HWY 58.
- MCCS Okinawa 
May 13: Drifting competition coming
The Okinawa Super Drift/2018 D1 Divisional series, a car drifting competition, takes place at Yomitan Kukuru Circuit near Torii Station on May 13. This is a divisional event that falls under the D1 Grand Prix, which decides the top drift driver in the country. More than 50 competitors are expected to be in the contest, including American drift drivers. Although the venue may not be in Tokyo, this will be “Fast & Furious” come true. Witness the mindboggling moves that drift drivers on Okinawa have to show off.  
– Shoji Kudaka, Stripes Okinawa 
Okinawa Super Drift

May 14: Pro wrestling coming to the island
All Japan Pro Wrestling, a professional wrestling organization, is coming to Koza Music Town near Gate 2 of Kadena Air Base on May 14.
Tickets for the “Super Power Series” event range from 1,000 – 7,500 Yen and can be purchased the day of the event at the venue.
Known for heated bouts and classic-style pro-wrestling, the organization has been recognized as one of the major wrestling organizations in Japan since its beginning in 1972.
Past winners of the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, the most renowned title of the organization, include superstars such as Big Van Vader, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, and Stan Hansen.
Under the slogan “Akaruku, Tanoshiku, soshite Hgeshiku” (cheerful, fun, and fierce), the All Japan Pro-Wrestling delivers shows both entertaining to first timers and convincing to diehard pro-wrestling fans. 
All Japan Pro Wrestling “Super Power Series”
  • Date: May 14 
  • Time: Gate opens at 6 p.m. (Show starts at 7 p.m.) 
  • Venue: Koza Music Town 
  • Address: 1-1-1 Uechi, Okinawa city, Okinawa 904-0031 (within a walking distance of Gate 2 of Kadena AB) 
  • Tickets: 3,500-7,500 yen (Day of performance ticket for adult); 1,000-7,500 yen (Day of performance ticket for high school student and below) 
  • Website: www.all-japan.co.jp/
  • Facebook: facebook.com/ajp.1972/

– Shoji Kudaka, Stripes Okinawa

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