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MCCS TV: Hai Sai Okinawa, September 2012

 Hai Sai Okinawa, September episode features FC Ryukyu and Obon in Okinawa! Don't miss it to find what Obon means to Okinawan people! 
Okinawa Eisa

Okinawa MICE Project 2012 (1)

"Burning sunset♪(what an old song!)"...This beautiful sunset makes you sing the song automatically.

okinawa sunset 

This picture is from Cafe Terrace of Bankoku Shinryokan Resort MICE Facility.


On Monday night, "Okinawa MICE Night" of "Okinawa MICE Project 2012" was held at Bankoku Shinryokan and I was at Cafe Terrace as an interpreter.

MCCS TV: Hai Sai Okinawa, July 2012

 On this episode learn about summer safety on Okinawa. Join Kathy and Gabe as they tell you more about the 3rd deadliest snake in the world- the habu. Also watch as they interview MCCS Director of Safety, Bradley Wells, about Typhoons and tips for typhoon preparation. Typhoon footage courtesy of Mr. Geoff Mackley. Watch and enjoy as Kathy Millette and Gabriel Archer bring Okinawa's culture right into your living room with Hai Sai Okinawa on MCCS TV.


MCCS TV: Hai Sai Okinawa, June 2012

If you want to know the wonderful culture and the interesting history and much more of Okinawa, you should check every episode of Hai Sai Okinawa! 


The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Ginowan City part 2

This article carries on from the last one.

This time we drive through from Isa Junction to Futenma Intersection and walk around Route 330!

ginowan futenma junction 

The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Ginowan City

Special Exhibit "The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Ginowan City"
Ginowan 50th aniversary
(to Sunday, August 26)
@Ginowan City Museum     
Admission is Free
9:00 to 17:00 (Last Entry: 16:30) / Closed on Tuesdays 


Ginowan City celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment this year!


Kuroshima Island - beautiful bucolic island

About a 25-minute high speed boat ride from Ishigaki Port takes you to a very beautiful, bucolic island, Kuroshima Island.

 kuroshima island cows ferry to remote island

It is highly recommended that you ride a bicycle to go around this flat, quiet, and peaceful island.

Waji and Many More Charms of Ie Island (Part 2)

From the top of Iejima Tachhu, we can have a panoramic view and here we can enjoy the natural beauty of a blue ocean.

Speaking of the typical beautiful scenes of precipitous cliff in Okinawa, you can think of Zampa Cape and Higashihenna Cape of Miyako Island. However, this 60-meter-high cliff provides you a beautiful gradation of blue ocean surrounding Waji, spring water coming from at the edge of the ocean.     

Easter Lily and Many More Charms of Ie Island (I)

Just 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu Port in the North of Okinawa Main Island takes you to “Ie Island – Flower Island with Sunset and Romance”♪

Ie island ferry

ie island ferry  

I went about a month ago.  

It was a day trip on March 17.

Open Garden in Nanjo City 2012 Spring

 Open Garden in Nanjo City 2012 Spring
(April 14 to April 22, 9:00-17:00)

 okinawa flower

It is spring again!  “Open Garden in Nanjo City 2012 Spring”

 open garden okinawa

“What? Sunflower in the wintertime?” The 4th Himawari in Kitanakagusuku

 The 4th Himawari in Kitanakagusuku

 Sunflower festival

Himawari (Sunflower) gives a poetic charm to summer.

That’s the image I have had of sunflowers until I saw a local newspaper article with a picture showing plenty of sunflowers are in full bloom in farmlands in the wintertime.

It was a complete culture shock to a person like me, who moved from the mainland Japan.


Himawari means “sunflower” .

Sakura Matsuri (Festival)

 Sakura have started to bloom this year!

It is later than usual.  Only about 20-30 % of the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

sakura, okinawa, matsuri cherry blossom in okinawa



Azela Festival(Tsutsuji Matsuri)

Look!  Aren’t these azaleas beautiful?  

“Where are you now? “I am at the Higashi Village Azalea Festival!”

tsutsuji matsuri okinawa
Fifty thousand azaleas are in almost full bloom in Eco Park of Higashi village in northern Okinawa, covering greenery hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  

The pink shell azaleas welcome you before the entrance of the park.

EISA season in OKINAWA!

 Okinawa has just held the Bon festival, a three-day observance from August 22 to 24 this year, which is July 13 to 15 of the lunar calendar.  Our ancestor spirits stay with us these three days and on the final night we send them off.  Young people come out on the streets to perform EISA dance, this is how we entertain our ancestor spirits.  


Beautiful Sesoko Beach

 Look at this!  This natural powder white sand beach and the clarity of water here are just a few of the reasons that Sesoko beach is one of the top-ranked beaches on the Main Island of Okinawa. With water so crystal clear that you can see the beautiful white sand on the bottom, it’s not hard to tell why Sesoko beach is the most popular beach in Japan for photographers to do shoots with swimsuit models there.  

sesoko beach

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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