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Night Aquarium Tour

The Churaumi Aquarium is one of the most popular theme park in Okinawa.

During the summer vacation season you should head down to the Churaumi Aquarium.
At 6:00pm and 6:30pm and a tour guide will take you on a night aquarium tour for FREE! 

Admission: Free

Schedule at 18:00pm and 18:30pm 

Assemble at Coral Water area in the 3rd floor

For more information contact at 0980-48-3748

Night Shopping at Hamby Flea Market

 If you are looking for a great discount go to the Hamby Flea Market. The items here are used items that people are selling themselves or are resellers of overstock and discontinued items from local merchants. This is one of the few places in Okinawa that you can haggle items, plus there are food stands and music playing, it’s a good atmosphere.

Come down and join every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 11pm at Hamby Town in Chatan. 

2009 Okinawa Karate Tournament is Over

On August 16th the 3 day karate tournament in Okinawa came to an end. Fans from over 40 countries came together to watch the tournament. At the end of the tournament they had a closing ceremony and finished with Okinawa Kachusha Dance at the Loisir Hotel in Naha.

See some of the great BO Kata TOKUMINE NO KON - Okinawa Kobudo Championships
 

Local Travel Agent in Okinawa

If you are looking for any local tours like sightseeing, activities or even a trip from Tokyo to Okinawa
you should contact Jumbo Tours. They have over 25 years experience in the travel industry in Okinawa.
They have travel service not only in English but in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.  They offer a wide range of packages to Okinawa, from high-end tours to small trips and everything in between.

 

Typhoon Morakot lashes Okinawa

On August 8th 2009 in Naha the outer edge of Typhoon Morakot roared past Okinawa early that Thursday afternoon, lashing the island with wind gusts as high as 65 mph and stranding thousands of summer holiday air travelers. U.S. bases on Okinawa reverted to seasonal Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 at 5 p.m. The center of the ninth named storm of the season rumbled 210 miles south of Okinawa at 2 p.m., packing Category 1 hurricane-strength winds, with gusts of 115 mph.

The 27th Okinawa Festival in Hawaii

This year the Okinawa Festival will be held in Hawaii at Kapiolani Park on September 5th and 6th.
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
Festival Festivities begin at 9:00 am
Children's Games close at 5:00 pm
Most food booths & tents close at 5:00 pm
Okinawa Soba & Andagi Booths open until 8:00 pm
 
Live Entertainment at Kapiolani Park Bandstand: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Enjoy continuous live performances by entertainers from Okinawa

Japan Night at Mariners Game

The local Japanese culture was celebrated at the annual Japan Night at the Seattle Mariners game against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field in Seattle on August 3rd.

The pre-game show featured a Taiko and dance performance by 80 members of Okinawa Kenjin Club of the State of Washington and Okinawa Yuai Club from Vancouver Canada. This is their second time to play at the field. A ceremonial first pitch by Tsutomu Iwamoto (a former professional pitcher of the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan) and a national anthem by Echo Chorus, a local Japanese women's chorus group.

2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo World Tournament

The 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karate World Tournament has started at Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts in Naha city.

Opening ceremonies and demonstrations took place on August 14th in the  afternoon at the Okinawa Prefectural Martial Arts Hall, adjacent to Onoyama Park, with full karatedo and kobudo competitions Saturday.

Okinawa Traditional Karatedo 1 Day Tour

Jumbo Tours is runnning a special 1 Day Karate tour on the August 17th, 2009.
This 1 Day Tour includes visiting memorial Karate places such as
the monument of Mt.Gichin Funakoshi (a founder of Shotokan),
the monument of Mr.K. Higashionna and Mr.C. Miyagi.

Also visit Syuri Ryusen, Bingata dyeing place and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.
Total price will be 6,000yen per person.
Transportation, lunch and admission fee are all included.

The 27th Yonabaru Festival

The Yonabaru Festival is held every year and on August 15-16 it will be held in the Udun-yama Youth Square in Okinawa!
 
Yonabaru Festival has evolved from more than 400 years of inherited traditions, where residents called upon the gods to provide a bountiful crops harvest and to chase devils away. Starting at 3 on Saturday the eisa dancing, tug-of-war and beating of the taiko drum doesn’t stop until Sunday evening.
 

Naha Marathon entries now being accepted

Okinawa’s Festival of Sun, better known as the Naha Marathon, the largest marathon in Japan is four months from today, and organizers are now accepting entries for Okinawa’s premier sporting event.
 

Linkinpark Live Concert tonight in Okinawa!!!

Tonight Linkinpark will be playing a concert at the Mihama athletic field in Okinawa! The park opens at 6 pm and starts at 8.  Linkinpark is a popular band; I think its going to be a great turnout there tonight!

Remember,  NO smoking, NO food & drink, and NO recording.

Linkinpark has even left a message for you on youtube!
 

 

Wanna buy a Vacation Home in Ishigaki Island?

If you are looking for your dream house or vacation home in a tropical island,
Ushiro Real Estate in Ishigaki Island can help you find one!

Ushiro Real Estate has been in a realestate business for 46 years in Japan.
Ishigaki branch office has opend 31years ago and since then they have been supporting Ishigaki real estate business.

 

One of the property they recommend is Nosoko 32.

Japanese Lessons for foreigners in Okinawa

The city of Naha has started a new Japanese class for foreigners living in Okinawa.
There are about 2,000 foreigners living in Okinawa prefecture and most of them live in Naha city.
Many of them have trouble understanding information in Japanese so Naha city has decided to start Japanese classes for people who need help.

Midnight restaurant in Sakaemachi Market

At  the Sakaemachi Market there is a tiny dumpling shop that opens only late at night. To get there you will have to go through a narrow street where all shops are closed and you will find an orange banner with a few counter seats and mini size table. They have Xiaolongbao also known as dumpling soup, Gyoza dumpling, Okinawa style rice ball, deep fried fish, and deep fried vegetables for a reasonable price. Only 500yen ($5 US) for 10 big juicy dumplings!

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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