Blogs

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Okinawa

 The Tibetan Buddhist leader, Dalai Lama stayed in Japan from October 30th to November 7th.
During his stay he visited Tokyo, Ehime and naturally, Okinawa. He had a lecture in Okinawa Budokan on the November 5th about non-violence and how conflicts should be resolved with peace, and diplomacy.

Miyakojima Pantu Festival

 The Miyakojima Pantu Festival is a traditional annual festival in early September, in Hirara City, Shimajiri, and on the last Eel day in December in Nabaru Ueno Village. (all those dates are according to the lunar calendar)

Tour De Okinawa

Do you like biking? Do you like racing? Are you a homo sapien?
If you said, or thought, “yes” to any of these questions then you will be exited to know that Tour de Okinawa is coming to….Okinawa.

If you asking yourself or the computer in front of you, “But what is Tour de Okinawa?” I will tell you. Tour de Okinawa is a massive bicycle race around Okinawa. It all started in 1989, and last year, 2008, marked the 20th anniversary. 

Bibi Beach Flea Market

 Every 2nd Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 you can go check out the Flea Market on Okinawa’s newest beach, Bibi.
Just try to get there earlier to get a better parking spot to sell you nick nacks and taliwaks. Don’t know what a takiwak is? Neither do I.

Michael Jacksons “This is it” extended

Michael Jacksons newest hit film “This is it” might be getting extended for another two weeks due to its high popularity(big surprise).

Holland America Line in Okinawa

 Holland America Line arrived in Naha on October 23rd. The beautiful cruse ship, with 1300 people on board, stayed at the Naha peer from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.  It is unfortunate that they couldn’t stay much longer and enjoy more of the Okinawa Islands. Don’t cry though, I’m sure they’ll be back. People always come back. ‘Insert evil laughter here’.

The Yaeyama Islands

 It seams that lately the Yaeyama Islands are finally getting the attention they deserve. The Islands hold some of the most naturally beautiful places in Japan, and the world.

The Orionids Meteor Shower

 The Orionids Meteor Shower was illuminating the skies over Okinawa from the 19 of October through to the 23.

Ecotourism in Yanbaru

Hiji Fall Trecking

Don’t you get excited just by looking at this title?

Some of our members from OIGA (Okinawa Interpreter Guide Association) fully enjoyed the ecotourism in Yanbaru (the northern part of Okinawa) on Sunday, September 27. 

 

Morning Session: Hiji Fall Trekking

Hiji Fall
We started out with a nature guide from Kunigami Tourism Association.

Festival of Ryukyu 2009

The Festival of Ryukyu is coming to Okinawa at the end of October!
Throughout the 24-25 prepare to amerce yourself in the amazing Okinawa culture.
The parade is traditionally used to celebrate the birth and development of diverse dance and culture.
The traditional “eisa” dance will be featured in the festival among various regions’ folk dance parade, and booths, where many countries products and culture will be introduced.

Movie Information Page Renewal

You requested it and we have delivered!
We have updated the way in which movie information is presented on the website.
You will now see the original movie promotional artwork and movie listings for the next seven days – Friday – Thursday.
Now it will be even easier to select a great movie to enjoy!

Check out our Mihama 7 Plex page

Super Typhoon Update

A powerful Super typhoon approaches Japan's main islands on Wednesday which has forced car factories to close, flights have been  disrupted heavily populated industrial centers are threatened with torrential rain and strong winds.

 

Super typhoon Melor may be the most powerful storm to ravage Japan's main islands in more than 10 years, the Meteorological Agency said. 

 

Airplane Cancellation Update

 Many flights and airlines are experiencing delays to their flights, so far no flights have been cancelled but you are strongly advised to check with your airline carrier. Below is information specific to JAL, ANA and Skymark and links to their websites for further information.

JAL – Japan Air Lines

Domestic flights

October 7 -  JAL domestic flights are experiencing irregular operations due to typhoon.

Super Typhoon Melor

Typhoon Parma was classified as a tropical storm but lingered off the northern Philippine coast Monday, causing mass flooding and landslides that so far have killed 16. There are 10 crew members of a Panamanian cargo ship missing after the vessel sank in the Taiwan Strait near the Bashi channel.

Parma headed northwest into the South China Sea after blowing across the north Philippines.

Okinawa Typhoon Warning

 Typhoon Parma and typhoon Melor are set to hit near the Okinawa Islands on October 3 2009 and October 9 2009.  Though there is chance that they miss the islands, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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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