The 32nd Mabuni Fire & Bell Observance

The 32nd Mabuni Fire & Bell Observance was solemnly held at the Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall in Mabuni, Itoman City from New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to offer prayers to the 230,000 people who died during the Battle of Okinawa.

manubi fire

Okinawa Marathon 2010 Entry Now!!!

 Are you looking for a challenge?  If you want, join one of the winter biggest events in Okinawa, the Okinawa Marathon on March 7, 2010!  

The event has two distance options: 42.195 km (approx.26.4 miles), full marathon and 10 km (approx. 6.25 miles), quarter marathon.  For full marathon, you will enjoy running through Kadena Air Base around 30 km point.  

You can see some interesting characters running the full marathon.

Itoman Peaceful Illumination Festival

 The eleventh annual Itoman Peaceful Illumination Festival is happening in Okinawa on Dec 18, 2009, and lasting until January 3 2010. In case you don’t know what the event is, the Itoman peaceful Illumination festival is an event that was started back in 1999. 130,000 miniature lights are lit to celebrate the end of the Battle of Okinawa, right at the location where the battle ended in Itoman city. 130,000 is the population of Itoman city.  Every night, at 8 o’clock until the 3rd of January, all the lights are turned off and then on once again.

Haneda Airport to be the next popular international airport

Haneda Airport in Tokyo might see major boost in daylight flights. 
According to transport minster Seiji Maehara, Haneda airport is to become a 24-hour hub for international flights with North America and Europe.

Bull Fight in Okinawa

 Ah, good old fashioned bull fights. Nothing releases stress better than sitting around a stadium with thousands of other people, and watching two animals try to ram each other into submission. Good times.

The Hajichi Tattoo

 Some of you may know about the Hajichi tattoos, but some of you might not which is a shame because its quite an interesting old Okinawa tradition.

Naha Marathon

 Well it looks like all you runners will have the chance to showcase your amazing endurance, speed, and fashionable tights at this year’s Naha Marathon.

Professional Baseball is coming to Okinawa

 Can you hear it? I can. The “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song is playing in my head already. You however should be happy because on June 29, 2010 baseball will be coming to Naha City’s new Onoyama Baseball Stadium

Next popular destination: Ishigaki Island

Spring International, Shanghai China’s No1 travel agent, is planning to start charter flights from Shanghai to Naha as well as Shanghai to Ishigaki next year.

This should make thing a lot more convenient for people planning to travel to those destinations, as well as increase tourism. The first direct charter flight is planned to occur by the next Chinese New Year in February or the long holiday in May.

Let’s explore the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom!

On a cool autumn afternoon (cool by Okinawa standards) of November 3, a large number of local people and tourists gathered in the ancient capital of Shuri in an effort to catch a glimpse of a traditional procession, one of the biggest events of the “Shuri Castle Festival.”  The festival is one of the three great Naha festivals along with “Naha Haarii” and “Naha Great Tug-of-War” and has been celebrated since 1965.


Inglorious Basterds Coming to Okinawa

 The smash hit film “Inglorious Basterds” is coming to Okinawa on November 20 in Cinemas Q, Mihama 7 Plex and Southern Plex.

President Obama and Prime minister Hatoyama discuss Okinawa

 President Obama arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport aboard Air Force One earlier in the day on his first official trip to Japan. He has departed Saturday for Singapore to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit.

"I began my trip here in Tokyo because the alliance between the United States and Japan is a foundation for security and prosperity not just for our two countries but for the Asia-Pacific region," Obama said.

Toyota Leaves Formula 1

Toyota Leaves Formula 1 has definitely hurt the popular sport. Toyota claims that the current economy is the reason for their retreat. Even though Toyota was a major contributor to the classic racing sport, don’t count F1 dead. Fathers and sons will still swarm to the track to witness slick lightning fast cars race win, lose, and crash. Why? Because we’re human, and we love to see fast cars beat each other, and we especially love seeing fast cars smash into each other and burst into flames.

President Barack Obama visits Japan for the first time

 President Barack Obama is visiting Japan for the fist time in his presidential career.
The president was suppose to visit Japan from the 12th of November to the 13th, but the US has asked his schedule be pushed back a day so that the president can attend the ceremony for the victims of a recent shooting rampage in the US army base Fort Hood, Texas.

Yomiuri Giants won the Japan Series

 The Yomiuri Giants beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 2-0 in Game 6 Saturday to claim their first Japan Series title in seven years.  

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA


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