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We could all use a little serenity right now as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, and if you live and work at Yokota Air Base, the Buddha of Rokuya, or Rokuya Daibutsu, isn’t far from the home of U.S. Forces Japan.


Shuri Castle reopens, revealing 2019 fire destruction

Shuri Castle, often described as “Uchinanchu,” or Okinawa’s heart and soul, was ablaze on Oct. 31 and burned for more than 11 hours.


A stroll through Okinawa’s Yohena Hydrangea Garden is a sure-fire prescription to lift the spirits

If the stress of being cooped up inside for weeks on end due to the coronavirus has got you down, Okinawa’s Yohena Hydrangea Garden in Motobu might be just what the doctor ordered.


B-52 relic calls to aircraft buffs at Andersen AFB on Guam

If you’re stuck on base at the home of the 36th Wing on Guam, it’s worth a short jaunt to check out the tail section of a B-52E Stratofortress that was blown into the jungle during a super typhoon in 1976.

Tokyo museum offers a video primer on Western art

The mind that’s locked down by a stay-at-home coronavirus order may yet roam online.


More than a place to reflect: Find food, gifts at Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple

Amid the bustle of Tokyo and in one of the main districts for tourism you will find Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the city.


Japan Olympic Museum highlights significance of the Olympic Games

With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics just around the corner, get psyched up for the games with a trip to the newly opened Japan Olympic Museum.

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