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  • U.S. Military in Okinawa

    On 1 April 1945, the U.S. military launches Operation Iceberg, the invasion of Okinawa. About 183,000 Americans landed to begin the largest amphibious assault in history, against about 120,000 well-entrenched Japanese. Despite the U.S. advantage in numbers, the battle still lasted some 11 weeks, with tremendous casualties on both sides. While the...

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  • Japanese Naha Air Base

    Not all of the military in Okinawa is American. The Japan Air Self Defense Force operates Naha Air Base, which is co-located with Naha Airport.The base was constructed in 1933 as a Japanese naval air facility. During the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, U.S. forces took over the airfield and maintained this site as a U.S. Air Force Base until 1971, when...

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  • Ryukyu Wild Boar

    Ryukyu wild boar are native to Okinawa and some neighboring island, and have long been a staple of local diet. In fact, pork is more common to traditional Okinawan diet than fish. Okinawan soba is one of the island's most famos dishes, and it includes a nice slab of pork on top of the buckwheat soba noodles. In fact, author Naomichi Ishige claims...

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  • Cemeteries in Okinawa

    Cemeteries in the major Japanese islands are certainly different than Western cemeteries, though they do have unique features likes stupas, Buddhas, and wooden prayer boards. Okinawa has cemeteries that are very different than the rest of Japan. In fact, the above ground cemeteries here closely resemble those in very low areas of the US, like New...

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  • Money

    Okinawa, while cheaper than Tokyo, is still very expensive compared to other Asian countries. Here are some of the prices I paid for things in Okinawa:Dragonfruit -- 850 Yen (US$8)Draft Orion Beer -- 600 Yen (US$5.50)Beer from Vending machine (!) -- 250 Yen (US$2.25)Coke, 12 Oz, from vending machine -- 110 Yen (US$1)2 Apples at grocery store -- 240...

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  • Traditional Okinawan Court Dress: a...

    Shuri castle is staffed by men dressed as if they were traditional Ryukyu courtiers, while outside the castle grounds, women dressed as court attendants try to get tourists to by photographic sessions in 19th century clothing. Meanwhile, in fancy hotels and resturants, you'll see displays of Okinawan kimonos. All of this brings one to realize that...

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  • Okinawans Live Long Lives

    Okinawa is has one of the highest concentrations of 100-year-old people in the world, and in general, its people enjoy some of the longest lives on the planet. A climate that keeps peole outdoors and active, a diet rich in rice, vegetables and seafood, low rates of smoking and shunning of midday sunshine are all factors in the puzzle, though...

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  • Okinawa Pottery

    Finding shisha dogs in Naha is about the easiest thing to do in Okinawa. Just about every sesond store sell them but if you want to know more about the pottery area check this link out http://okinawa-information.com/naha/naha_shopping_entertainment/heiwa_dori_street_naha_shopping_tours.htm As you will be able to find lots of pottery there or for...

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  • general

    Moon beach! Was rated under the top 5most beautiful beaches in the world Try not to speak english to the locals! They really hate Americans because there is still a usa airforce base on the island from WWII. So if you know another language... speak it!

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  • There is jungle eveywhere!!

    In case you forgot; this is a sub tropical island...there is jungle everywhere! Just when you thought you are in the woods back home you spot a palm tree. There are bugs you are not suppose to touch and slugs on steroids! I love all of Okinawa!

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  • Surrogate family

    In the front row, on the right side, is my `Okinawan SisterĀ“, Keiko. When the Toyosato family gradually absorbed me into their family, she became more and more like a sibling.

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  • My Okinawan Parents

    I wouldn't have experienced so much of Japanese culture and language if it weren't for the Toyosato's. They took me in as one of their own, and included me in all of their family activities.

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  • Electric Blue Water

    I love Okinawa's sea, which changes colors with the tides and height of the sun. Okinawa's northern beaches and the outer islands are filled with amazing turquoise water with visibility up to 50 meters (150 feet). One of my best memories on Okinawa is swimming at an isolated beach with my wife and there is not another soul in site!

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  • Exploring the islands...

    With a kayak you can explore the coastline and other islands with ease. (You should always kayak with a guide or another experienced local kayaker. Weather conditions can change rapidly during certain times of the year. It is important to know the local sea conditions and hazards before entering the water.) Pulling up on a beach with my kayak and...

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  • Tropical Zen!

    The people are wonderful! Try to learn a few phrases before arriving, but don't knock yourself out - many want you to teach them English. Many women there desire to look American, while we covet their exotic beauty. Some clubs and restaurants will not allow white men to enter, but women of any color are welcome. They do NOT like to be called...

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  • Lovin' it!

    I loved Okinawa and look forward to going back sometime. Feel free to check out my pix and comments on my web page at:http://bobkw2000.tripod.com/okinawa.htmEnjoy!Bob A solo bike ride around the perimeter of the island. Beautiful mountains up north and the view of the Pacific and East China Sea merging is spectacular!

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  • whale watching

    if you we're here from january to april, one thing you can do is go on a whale watching tour. Humpback whales migrate to this part of the world to mate. I know our tour office on base offers eithera half day or one full day of sightseeing. Some of the boats they use are smaller and able to approach the whales quite close. This tour is quite an...

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  • Pretty in Pink

    If you like flowers then Okinawa is heaven for you. There are lot of gardens in the island that you can visit and on jan 31 to Feb 02 there is a cherry blossoms festival in Nago. Like any other festival you have food booths, souvenir booths and of course the cherry blossoms

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  • Huge Limestone Cave in Okinawa World

    Japan's 2nd largest limestone cave with a total length of 5km, of which 890m are open for tourist walk as seen in the photo.There is water dripping from the ceiling, and the minerals are building from it at a rate of 3mm per year. Up close you can see the newly formed white buildup with a slow drip of water hanging off the edge.This is part of the...

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  • ancient kingdom

    The island once has been the land of an independent kingdom called Ryukyu from late 14th century to early 17th. Ryukyu was not under the rule neither of Japan nor of China. Ryukyu had established diplomatic relations with Japan, China, and Korea. It seems that the intention of Ryukyu had turned to China rather than Japan those days, its influence...

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  • miserable history has been spun

    Beautiful Ryukyu was merged into Japan which aims at the completion of country unification in the early 17th century, and was put under rule of the Edo Shogunate after that. Under the WW2, Japan had no choice but once part with Okinawa. As defending space for preventing the Allied Forces' mainland landing, Japan sacrificed the island of Okinawa and...

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  • the nature is heavenly beautiful

    Okinawa is miraculously surrounded by the lagoon island and offers emerald green sea surface, the beautiful sight of the setting sun which falls into there, and abundant diving points. There is a vast primeval forest in north inland, animals and plants original with the island inhabit there.

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