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



Powerful Typhoon No.9

Very strong typhoon No.9 Muifa was about 100 km south of Naha, capital of Okinawa at9am on August 5th. It was moving west slowly, with winds of up to 216 kph, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

Super Typhoon Songda is approaching

 Super Typhoon Songda is approaching to Japan. Songda was upgraded to Super Typhoon status which is category 5 at 3a.m. According to the Expected path of Songda, it could hit Fukushima as well.
Please stay away from the beach and check the weather news update.

As of May 27th at 3am

super typhoon songda
Mazimum Wind: 160mph
Wind Gusts: 195mph
Movement: NW at 13mph

Typhoon Aere inOkinawa

This year's very first Typhoon will be passing 70km west side of Naha on May 11th at 15:00pm.
Please check your flight information on the airline company website before you leave your house.

<May 11th, 2011 Flight Information >

JAL3947 Haneda(Tokyo)15:20 - Naha(Okinawa) has beecn cancelled.
 JAL3948 Naha(Okinawa)19:50 - Haneda(Tokyo) has been cancelled


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 &amp; 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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