Strolling through Sainokawara Park in Kusatsu

Kusatsu Onsen is a small town tucked away in the mountains. Within a few blocks of downtown, you can end up surrounded by nature...
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5 positive changes to make this spring


The days are getting longer, the trees will soon burst with buds and birds will sing among them. Spring’s literal and figurative...

Did you know?: Godzilla teaming up with Shisa dog


Godzilla once teamed up with Okinawan Shisa dog. In “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla,” which came out in 1974, King Caesar, an...

Airmen and Soldiers practice breathing and relaxation during their off duty time in a deployed location. Stress can take its toll on your mental and physical health, including your heart health, but there are breathing techniques to buffer yourself from it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Ready, set, focus: Finding calm in a storm through the power of breathing


FALLS CHURCH, Va. — While circling over foreign seas in bad weather one night, Air Force Maj. William MacVittie and his co-pilot...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 20, 2018) Fleet Master Chief James Honea, fleet master chief of U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks with forward deployed naval forces command master chiefs at the MCPON Executive Leadership Symposium on Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, April 20. (Photo by U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Barry Hirayama)

MCPON's Executive Leadership Symposium makes first stop in Yokosuka


YOKOSUKA, Japan -- U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief led command master chiefs from units across the forward deployed naval forces in...

Send a congratulatory note to the Class of 2018! Deadline: May 18


High school graduation is a special time, and Stars and Stripes is pleased to once again be putting together our annual Grad Tab,...

Did you know?: Ryukyu Kingdom history

Islands to the north of Okinawa such as Amami, Tokunoshima, Okinnoerabu, and Yoron used to be part of Ryukyu Kingdom. From the...

Listen up! There are some great concerts in Japan!

Editor's note: There are lots of great concerts coming up in the next several months. So get off the couch and check one out. (...
Army Secretary Mark Esper speaks to soldiers at Fort Knox, Ky., April 6, 2018. (DoD photo by Renee Rhodes)

Army Secretary, Senior NCO Discuss Retention, Modernization


WASHINGTON -- Quality trumps quantity when it comes to soldiers, Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters here today.



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