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Pleasure boat guide Yoshiteru Mizuguchi has named this rock "fukuro," or owl. Mizuguchi, a guide for the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, has become popular with tourists for the unique names he gives to the Kujukushima islands and their strange rock formations resembling animals and other creatures.<br>Yomiuri Shimbun

In Japan, boat tours of fanciful formations

“Everybody, that is Fukuro [owl] rock. It’s a work of art created by nature,” said pleasure boat guide Yoshiteru Mizuguchi, 79, as he pointed to a rocky area sticking out into a blue sea. Passengers aboard the boat, the “Pearl Queen,” exclaimed, “It’s the spitting image!”

Waikiki Beach is only two miles of Oahu. The rest is well worth checking out.

The towers of Waikiki Beach cast such long shadows over Oahu that it seems daunting, in the mind’s eye at least, to escape them when weighing a visit to Hawaii’s most populous island. But it can be done, and we did.


Hawaii is about to ban popular sunscreen brands to protect its coral reefs

From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands will soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii. State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. The bill is opposed by various companies and business associations and even some dermatologists, who worry that the ban may discourage people from wearing sunscreen at all.

All aboard Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen” bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside and out, it’s a dream ride for fans of the internationally popular character.


Water parks and pools in Japan and Okinawa

A calendar of nearby water parks and pools of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.


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Explore uncharted territory, Okinawan traditions on Izena Island

Izena Island, one of the smaller islands that comprise the Ryukyu Island chain, is only a 55-minute ferry ride from northern Okinawa — but the island seems like it was frozen in time, due mainly to the way in which its residents preserve the traditional Okinawan way of life.



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Tokyo ice cream shop ‘towers’ above the rest thanks to its eight-layer cone

Nakano Broadway, located a short walk from Nakano Station in west Tokyo, isn’t just famous for anime merchandise and comic books — it’s also famous for a shop selling an eight-layer ice cream cone.



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Fireworks in the Pacific

A calendar of fireworks and festivals in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.


Water parks and pools in Japan and Okinawa

A calendar of nearby water parks and pools of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

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