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Did you know?: Prefectures with many small islands

According to the Japan Coast Guard, Okinawa has 363 islands whose outer perimeters are 0.1km or longer. This is the 5th largest number among all...
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Have a happy and sticky new year on Okinawa

Given that it’s made from sticky rice, just like the Japanese rice cake, and how similar the names are, it’s understandable to assume...
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Pet safety during the holiday season

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with it comes cold weather, festive decorations, amazing food and large gatherings. To avoid the...

Did you know?: Traffic is brutal during the Japanese holidays

The three most important holidays in Japan are o-shogatsu (Jan. 1-3), o-bon (Aug. 13-15) and Golden Week (Apr. 29 – May 5). Traditionally, during...

Celebrate Japanese New Year's in the Oshogatsu tradition

New Year’s, or oshogatsu, is one of Japan’s most important and longest holidays.
 
Although oshogatsu originally referred to...
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What you need to know about Japanese temples and shrines

People may be surprised to hear that Japan has more temples (77,000) and shrines (81,000) than convenience stores (48,908). But according to the...

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No dismissal in court-martial of USS Fitzgerald commander

WASHINGTON — A military judge has ruled that statements by the Navy’s top two officers about a deadly 2017 destroyer collision constituted...

Japan convenience stores are extremely convenient!

Located throughout Japan, convenience stores sell virtually everything you need in daily life.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen the many stores...

Why I hate Christmas movies

I hate Christmas movies!  I state that because I cry every time I watch them.  I’m not proud of that since I was an active duty Marine for 27...

Look! Santa is almost here!

It is the time of the year and Santa Clause is busy getting ready to see all the children who have been good this year. Santa knows where those...

How Do I Use The GI Bill?

Using your GI Bill benefits involves starting a process that begins with your school choices first. Not all colleges, Universities, training...

NORAD’s Famous Santa Tracker Started as a Fluke

Tracking Santa on his trek across the world has been a holiday tradition for many American families for decades, but did you know that it all...

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