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The 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which pulled the U.S. into World War II, will be marked on December 7, 2016. A popular tourist attraction will be the USS Arizona Memorial, where oil still seeps to the surface, creating a constant reminder of what is entombed beneath the surface, as in a May 2004 file image. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)<br>TNS

Pearl Harbor attack’s 75th anniversary is less memory, more memorial

Most people alive today recall the dreadful day of Sept. 11, 2001, when the twin towers fell in New York. Far fewer of us can personally remember Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Japanese, killing 2,043 Americans and pulling the U.S. into World War II.


New Zealand's South Island treats visitors to wildlife and landscapes

As a chilly dusk fell on this tiny bay famous for wildlife and Jurassic-era fossilized trees, a white-coated figure waddled gingerly across tide-slicked rocks — me, trying to get out of sight to prevent scaring off yellow-eyed penguins I hoped would come ashore.


Climbing Mount Fuji isn’t cheap or easy, but it’s worth doing

A last-minute decision to climb Japan’s highest peak had me scrambling around Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo — from the Outdoor Recreation Center to the base’s Exchange store — preparing for the trip.

Exhibit holds that sharks should fear humans more than vice versa

Most of our understanding of sharks comes from works of fiction, such as the “Jaws” or “Sharknado” movies. In other words, they’re villains. And then there’s the occasional story of a surfer in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Tourism is booming in the only town in South Korea with Pokémon Go

A glitch in Pokemon Go accidentally categorized one South Korean town as being in North America. Suddenly, Pokemon trainers flocked to Sochko to catch the digital critters.


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Tokyo’s Ogouchi Dam makes a family-friendly day out

Servicemembers looking for a relaxing day trip into the wilderness of western Tokyo can go straight to the water source for the metropolitan area and one of the largest dams in Japan. Ogouchi Dam is a family-friendly destination about an hour’s drive from Yokota Air Base. Its reservoir holds 189 million tons of water for the people of Tokyo.



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Hohryo serves affordable Japanese cuisine near Misawa Air Base

Hohryoh, kitty-cornered from the main gate of Misawa Air Base, is a stylish izakaya, or a Japanese-style pub, that serves freshly cooked local seafood and grilled meats.



festivals and events

On-base activities

A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.


Off-base events

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.


Wine festivals in Japan

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.


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