Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

Jun 21, 2014

Kokusai Dori: Getting bitten by Okinawan Culture

by Hillel Wright

Kokusai Dori is the name of a 2 km stretch of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants which cuts through the heart of downtown Naha, the largest city in Okinawa. The street’s name in English is International Road, supposedly named after the Ernie Pyle’s now-closed ...

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

Apr 20, 2014

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

A new E-2C early warning patrol plane unit was launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to bolster surveillance amid repeated intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told ASDF members at a ceremony ...

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

Jan 18, 2014

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

by Stephen Mansfield

When I told the Japanese woman with whom I’d struck up a conversation in central Tokyo’s very handy Haneda airport that I was flying to Lewchew, she looked puzzled. The invading Japanese, struggling with the Chinese reading of the characters, pronounced the name of ...

Two's company on laid-back Zamami

Aug 24, 2013

Two's company on laid-back Zamami

by Hillel Wright

Being naturally averse to traffic jams, long lines at airports, overcrowded trains and cranked-up hotel rates, I’ve never been one for traveling far on a national holiday in Japan, especially during Golden Week in May when a few of them cluster together. But this ...

Get set for boating in Naha and Itoman

Apr 21, 2013

Get set for boating in Naha and Itoman

by Hillel Wright

May and June are the months in which to visit Okinawa if your aim is to witness the spectacle of fiercely contested races between crews paddling dragon boats or the Ryukyu Islands' small traditional fishing boats called sabani.