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This Saturday and Sunday, head up north to cheer on all the cyclists as they race in this year’s Tour de Okinawa. Hosted by Nago and other northern areas. There are different races happening, including a pro race, a women’s 100km, junior races and citizen races. The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For a complete schedule of events, check out the English version of Tour de Okinawa’s website. http://tour-de-okinawa.jp/english/outline/schedule.html.
Also, this Thursday through Sunday, check out the Woodwork Festival, happening from 10 am to 8 pm at the Plaza Shopping Center in Okinawa City, off of 330. See the amazing work of local artisans, and possibly bring home a piece of your own. Admission is free.
And, if you love surfing, don’t miss the Itoman Mayor’s Cup Surfing Contest, happening this Sunday starting at 8:30 am at Komesu, Itoman.
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Looking for a date? Check out the international speed dating event coming up at Club Xcentric in Chatan. Info on the poster or link.
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Taurus Housing are a large Japanese housing company. They offer professional realtor services and offer apartments and homes for rent across Okinawa including most locations in Okinawa close to bases.
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As typhoon season starts to wrap up, we return to calmer waters for the next few months, while the water is still warm and the diving is some of the best seen in Okinawa year round. October and November usually give us calm seas to enjoy diving before the colder weather of winter really kicks in.
Now is the time of year to rack up that dive count and enjoy the water and explore the islands around Okinawa. A common question we see from newer divers is, should I just get out and dive more or should I take more classes? Do I really need to have all these specialty courses and will they make me a better diver?
To answer these questions, there is a proper mix of classes and diving that will increase your diving ability and comfort. Many of the specialties offered such as boat diver and night diver are generally a complete waste of time and money and will do nothing to increase your diving ability. You are better off just booking a boat dive or tagging along with some experienced buddies on a night dive. Other classes such as rescue diver will do wonders for your diving and comfort level. Nitrox diver will allow you to extend your time underwater and serves as good start into more advanced levels of diving.
If you have particular issues with your diving, such as using your air too quickly or poor buoyancy control than a class to specifically address these issues with a dive pro is a great idea. A key point here though, is that good buoyancy control should have been taught to you in your basic class so if that is the problem changing instructors may be in order. The most important thing is to meet with your instructor before committing to the course and ensure that your particular problems and training goals will be addressed. Custom classes and training schedules can be arranged with the dive pros at Reef Encounters to suit any schedule or diving goal. Whether your diving aims include being an instructor, exploring the deep wrecks on decompression dives or just getting more comfortable on your reef dives at Sunabe seawall the pros at Reef Encounters can develop a training plan and class to meet your needs.
Remember you learn to dive by diving so getting out and enjoying the ocean is the most important part of your development as a diver. The more you dive the more you will enjoy it!!
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Mainland Japan may have celebrated Obon last week, but the celebrations have just begun here in Okinawa, with lots of street eisa performances happening nightly in neighborhoods all across the island. Be sure to check out one of the most famous areas for eisa performances, Okinawa City's Koza area (outside Kadena Gate 2 near 329), tonight and Wednesday night.
The kids may be headed back to school, but that doesn't mean the summer festivals are over just yet. The Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel will host the 2013 "Tingara Garden Festival" or "Milky Way Garden Festival," this Sunday, August 25th, from 6 to 9:30 pm. It'll feature regionally famous musicians and performances by the hotel pool, plus a laser light show and fireworks display. Admission is free. See the Oki Night Life post for more details.
For some interesting additions to the typical Okinawan summer festival, this weekend's Kunigami Festival might be the place for you. In addition to traditional music and performances, it features a park golf tournament, forest tours, dragon boat races, and a ladies arm wrestling contest. The festival takes place at the Kunigami Junior High School Grounds Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Contact the Kunigami Village Festival Executive Committee for more info: 0980-41-2101.
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Sbarro is a relatively new addition to the restaurant scene in American Village. Located on the 2nd floor of the Carnival Park building (the one with the ferris wheel on top) it's open from 11am to 11pm seven days a week.
When you walk in you're greeted by a display cabinet with all the available fresh pizza on show. They had a variety of regular thin crust or NY style pizzas ranging from basics like cheese or mushroom through to more meaty combinations. Also available was the "Great America" Chicago deep dish pizza. Although not cheap at 780 yen a slice we thought we'd give it a go as it's the first time we've seen Chicago style pizza in Okinawa.
Next along the counter from the pizza, where after ordering they heat it for you in a pizza oven, is a salad, pasta and wings station. When we visited they had decent sized NY meatballs as well as chicken wings and a variety of salad combinations. All looked very fresh. Salad is approximately 380 yen, you can also add a fountain drink onto your meal for 170 yen for a regular size. If you fancy a slightly stronger drink they had a variety of beers also available.
Everything was well presented and the staff spoke English, so no problems with ordering. Inside there are probably about 10-15 tables in sets of 2-3, so if it's busy you may well end up sitting outside. There's a nice balcony to watch the world of Chatan go by, but you may find it a bit hot, so if you don't want to sit outside it may be worth checking for a table before you order.
So onto the pizza. The Chicago deep dish was advertised as "all meat" and true to it's word it was pretty well stuffed with sausage, ham, bacon, and minced beef. However, although the taste was pretty good, we did find it a bit oily. We're no experts on Chicago deep dish pizzas but according to the guru that is Wikipedia (Chicago Style Pizza) the traditional way of making this is to put a cheese layer at the bottom, with plenty of filling and then chopped tomato sauce on top. The Sbarro version was the right depth but instead of being more like a pie with an open top, it appeared to have pizza dough on top of the filling with that covered in cheese. We're told that this can be a variation on Chicago pizza but we felt that it was maybe a bit too much dough, and it would have benefitted from being more traditional "Chicago style" by not having that top dough layer but also having more tomato instead of so much meat. A bit more tomato sauce would have balanced the meat more and not made it so fatty.
All in all, if you're into pizza it's worth a visit to try a new place, next time we'll try one of the NY style pizzas to see how the dough and toppings stack up against some of the established pizza restaurants locally, like Pizza In. Weight in in the comments if you've had the NY style pizzas and let us know how you find them compared to the local established restaurants.
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Cactus Eatrip has opened a "Little Cactus" bagel shop in Sunabe along the seawall. Now you've got two shops to grab your fresh bagel fix! Bagels in both locations are made fresh daily so you're guaranteed a delicious savory or sweet bagel. Check out the flyer below and a couple of photos from Little Cactus.