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Dan Orlowitz
Dan Orlowitz is a sports writer for the Japan Times, focusing primarily on the J. League, Samurai Blue, and everything there is to print about Japanese soccer. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Simon's Rock College, he moved to Japan at the end of 2006 and fell in love with the beautiful game from behind the FC Tokyo goal. His words, photos, voice, and occasionally visage have appeared online, in print, and over the airwaves for numerous outlets in several languages since 2011.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Apr 17, 2019
Young F. Marinos players given opportunities to shine
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Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Apr 16, 2019
'Super Saturdays' to highlight schedule for Tokyo Olympics
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics unveiled the competition schedule on Tuesday, giving fans hoping to attend the games their first opportunity to plan their itineraries.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 13, 2019
Marinos, Grampus deliver entertaining duel from start to finish in 1-1 draw
Fans of conservative, defensive soccer would have done well to steer clear of Nissan Stadium on Saturday night.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Apr 10, 2019
Sweeping changes needed for J. League Cup
With the J. League season in full swing, it's sometimes easy to forget that the J. League YBC Levain Cup is also in progress.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 6, 2019
FC Tokyo remains undefeated
There comes a day when every streak must come to an end.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Apr 3, 2019
J. League shows sense of humor
Sometimes a sports organization's greatest strength is the capability to laugh at itself.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 30, 2019
FC Tokyo holds Reds on late goal
It's been nearly 16 years since FC Tokyo beat hated rival Urawa Reds at Saitama Stadium.
Japan Times
SOCCER / Heisei Icons,HEISEI ICONS
Mar 27, 2019
Kazuyoshi Miura: Flashy 'King Kazu' steered soccer's rise
It could be said that no team sport in Japan has outpaced soccer's growth through the Heisei Era, and 52-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura is the only player who can claim to have been a part of that growth throughout.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Mar 23, 2019
Flower girls always ready to spring into action at figure skating world championships
During the competition at the World Figure Skating Championships, skaters like Yuzuru Hanyu, Nathan Chen and Alina Zagitova are the stars of the show.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Mar 13, 2019
Keisuke Honda calls for Japanese clubs to focus on defending
Tuesday's Asian Champions League game at Edion Stadium in Hiroshima marked exactly 4,112 days since Keisuke Honda had last stood on a Japanese pitch representing his club rather than his country.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 7, 2019
Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup
Vissel Kobe has added another name to its ever-growing list of Barcelona connections.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Mar 6, 2019
With super club dreams, Vissel Kobe tries to rewrite history
Most sports writers have their own personal pantheon of inspirations. At the top of mine is Hunter S. Thompson.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 2, 2019
Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal
The fireworks around the Noevir Stadium pitch lit up as the players made their entrance.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Feb 27, 2019
Teen prodigy Takefusa Kubo growing up fast as Europe awaits
The roughly four-month countdown to the end of FC Tokyo midfielder Takefusa Kubo's J. League career is ticking.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 23, 2019
Frontale, Tokyo battle to draw
After winning two straight J. League first division championships, Kawasaki Frontale was favored by many to become just the second team in the league's 26-year history to pull down a third.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Feb 17, 2019
Time ripe for Japan's Super Cup to hit road
The annual Fuji Xerox Super Cup, held the weekend before the J. League opens for business, has over the last 25 years become a celebration of the league's vibrant and friendly matchday culture.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 16, 2019
Frontale top Reds in Super Cup
A goal by Leandro Damiao was enough for defending J. League champion Kawasaki Frontale to triumph 1-0 over 2018 Emperor's Cup winner Urawa Reds on Saturday at the Fuji Xerox Super Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Feb 14, 2019
Iniesta excited about new season
The J. League set out to leverage its newfound star power on Thursday at the league's annual kickoff conference.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Feb 12, 2019
Plastic fantastic: Examining the obsession over Japan's soft vinyl toys
It's a cold afternoon in mid-January and, inside a factory operated by Maruyama Toys in a quiet residential area in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward, Cory Privitera is making sofubi (soft vinyl toys).
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Feb 9, 2019
Tatsuhiko 'Ryu' Akashi knows you're never too old to play
Medicom Toy's urban vinyl and other designer toys keep the inner kids alive in their adult fans.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world