Okinawa Web Design

Okinawa Web DesignThe Okinawa Web Design Co. provides high quality English & Japanese web design to the foreign community, Okinawan businesses and military contractors. Whether you need a simple website or a full ecommerce solution they can help.

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Posted 9 months, 1 week ago at 6:13 pm.

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Climax Coffee Review

Chocolate Coconut LatteWith reasonable prices and a large menu selection of drinks and tasty food, Climax gives that other famous coffee shop a run for its money.

The Japanese café chain Climax Coffee has been serving Okinawa since 2007, and with its focus on atmosphere and customer satisfaction, it’s no wonder that more shops are cropping up on island, including American Village.

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Posted 9 months, 1 week ago at 11:38 am.

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Pour House Bar & Grill

Pour House Beer CasksThe Pour House Bar & Grill is the kind of bar you instantly feel at home the minute you walk through the door. It could be the friendly staff or maybe it's the oak casks sitting on the bar or the smell of freshly cooked favorites wafting from the kitchen. Whatever it is, it's a venue both to kick back with an afternoon beer close to Araha beach or live it up at one of their regular band nights or events.

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Posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago at 4:53 pm.

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Ink 8 Board Tattoo

Bleeding Eyes Tattoo LogoInk 8 Board Tattoo is located in Chatan close to Araha beach. Eve is the talented tattoo artist. Their Facebook page has plenty of inspiration and picture of past work.

Tel: 080-2039-8898

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Posted 10 months ago at 8:42 pm.

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This Week in Oki: Dec 28, 2013 — Jan 3, 2014

Just because it’s winter in Okinawa, doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy all the festivals and year-end celebrations! Here are a few things happening on island this week:

If you love nature and haven’t yet been to the Tropical Dream Center at Ocean Expo Park, now’s your chance to go. The Center is featuring a Hawaiian hibiscus exhibition, through January 13. Take in the beautiful sights and smells, and get some pretty photos, too. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm. Adult tickets are ¥670, and children are ¥340.

Also at Expo Park is one of many Illuminations happening on island—see thousands of Christmas lights adorning the park in the Expo Park Winter Fantasy, happening 6 to 9 pm every evening through January 13. Admission is free.

And, don’t miss out on the reenactment of the traditional Royal New Year ceremony at Shurijo CCastle, happening on January 1 and 2 from 10 am to 11:50 pm. The ceremonies present the Ryukyu king and queen, and this year will exhibit live traditional music performances. Photo sessions with the king and queen, and jasmine tea will also be available. Admission to Shurijo castle is ¥800 for adults, and range from ¥300 to ¥600 for kids older than six. Children six and under are free.

Posted 10 months ago at 12:01 pm.

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This Week in Oki (Dec 12-19, 2013)

Finding it hard to get in the Christmas spirit on this subtropical island? Do you miss driving around neighborhoods to look at the different houses decorated with Christmas lights? Then be sure to visit the Itoman Peaceful Illumination festival, happening at Peace Memorial Park in Itoman. Thousands of lights adorn the park in all sorts of shapes and colors. It starts this Friday, December 14, and runs through January 3. Open from 6:30 to 10 pm. Admission is free.

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful flowers at the Hibiscus Festival also starts this Friday, December 14, at Iejima Hibiscus Park, in the Ie Country Club. The festival runs from December 14-23, and is open from 8 to 5 pm . Admission is free.

And, if you like listening to Japanese drums, don’t miss the free Wadaiko Fureai Festival on Sunday, featuring Japanese drum and dance performances. The festival takes place at the Yomitan Culture Center in Otori Hall, and starts at 5 pm. While the concert is free, attendants need to register at the event at get a numbered ticket.

Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago at 2:00 pm.

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American Chamber of Commerce

American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa LogoThe American Chamber of Commerce in Okinawa is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1953 and has over 100 members from the American and Okinawan business communities.

Tel: 098-898-5401

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Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago at 2:09 pm.

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Capricciosa Italian Restaurant in American Village

Entrance to Capricciosa in American Village, ChatanCapricciosa is a Japanese Italian restaurant chain with over 130 locations across Japan. They've had a location in American Village next to the multiplex cinema for as long as we can remember. It's the perfect stop for a meal before the cinema if you fancy something different from the Tony Roma's that is next door.

The good (or bad) thing depending on how you look at it is that they serve a steady menu of good sized portions of Japanese Italian food which rarely changes. That way if you find a favorite item on the menu it's probably still going to be there when you go back again a month or two later!

The menus is pretty extensive, so you're unlikely to get bored. If you're feeling healthy there are several good salads in decent portions like the Caesar salad and also the smoked salmon salad. They also have some tempting appetizers including deep fried calamari and if you're feeling adventurous escargots in garlic butter sauce.

Caesar SaladFor main courses they have a wide variety of pasta, pizza and also a couple of meat choices. There are traditional Italian favorites such as carbonara but also more Japanese influenced Italian fare with several pasta dishes featuring fish including spaghetti with crab, spaghetti with clams in broth and spaghetti with calamari and onion in a squid ink sauce. There are around 4-5 other types of pasta dishes but more of the pasta here is spaghetti with accompanying sauces and ingredients.

Capricciosa is reasonable priced with most pasta dishes around 1000 yen although if you're feeling truly hungry you can double size your pasta!

Open 7 Days
8 Mihama, Chatan-cho, 904-0115
098-926-0606

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Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago at 12:48 pm.

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Party Season Specials at Bovino’s

If you're looking for a place to celebrate the party season with work colleagues or friends, check out the special packages from Bovino's Brazilian BBQ below:

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Posted 11 months ago at 3:13 pm.

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Life Relaxation Salon

Life Relaxation Salon InteriorThe hustle and bustle of our often jam packed schedules makes it easy to forget that we need to take time to relax and recharge.

Vacations are great, if you have the budget and enough time to get away. Usually, though, just a little self-care will do the trick, and there are lots of spas and salons here in Okinawa offering the perfect little getaway to relieve stress and rejuvenate.

Life Relaxation Salon in Sunabe is one shining example, providing a range of services, including body massage, facials, and even IPL permanent hair removal. There are differently priced beauty courses to accommodate different budgets and schedules, and like any good spa, they do consultations before starting to recommend services that best suit your needs and skin type.

We recommend trying one of Life’s Ryukyu facial packages, which last from 30 to 80 minutes, and adding on one of three masks (which take and extra 20 minutes or so), tailored to oily/acne prone, combination, or dry skin.  The cold CO2 mask is their most popular and good for combo skin; it causes blood vessels to supply more oxygen to skin cells and boosts cell regeneration. The results? Tighter pores and noticeably smoother, softer skin. A heads up: things like the facial steamer (which made it a little difficult to breathe), the little suction device to clear pores, and plastic wrap placed over the eyes and mouth during the mask treatment may take a little getting used to, but the outcome, including the refreshed feeling afterward, is absolutely worth it.

By appointment only Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
278 Sunabe, Chatan-Cho
¥ only
098-936-4062

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Posted 11 months ago at 11:37 am.

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