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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Activities: Diving, all types of water sports Dangers: Habu snakes, they're extremely poisonous. Annoyances: The humidity, Monsoon season, and for some the typhoons. Health: The Local's are into health and exercise, ie eating mostly raw food, running outside at all hours of the night... Interacting with the Locals:  Be respectful, don't play loud music when you're driving, speak softly, dress modestly... the Japanese are respectful people if you respect them and their culture it means a whole lot. Also, try to learn the language that means so much to them. Transportation: The taxi's are always available, they do not accept credit cards here on island, mainland Japan taxi's do, but not here. If you are in the Marine Corps the Green line buses are available free of charge.
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Naha is a busy city, it is like New York City. Travelling by car; don't be surprised at night when you are the first car at an intersection/stop light, and the opposite car turns off their headlights! It is considered rude to shine your headlights into another eyes. When the light changes everyone turns their headlights back on. Loved driving on the right side of the road!
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Okinawa is basically a Hawaii that speaks Japanese. It is a beautiful island and has a lot of japanese influence. Regardless, American tavelers should take note. Okinawa was the site of a seriously horrible battle between the Americans And Japanese in World War 2. The battle was a long one and there is a lot of documentation that you can find on it. Its a huge historical impact that I think is not well known and needs to be, it was as bad, or gets really close to, Iwo-Jima. Anyway, back to today, Like i said before, its Hawaii in a different culture. All you really need to know is common sense, being polite, try something new, and relax and enjoy yourself. And try not to underestimate the currency exchange rate, if its confusing, get a calculator and try and adapt to the use of whacky numbers. Other than that you should be fine.
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Nice place, shame about the Americans.
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Kadena, Okinawa Region, Japan
Kadena is home to an Air Force base. The base is one of the best on Okinawa, the chow halls are the best. The city outside the base is like most in Oki, concrete buildings and American based bars and restaurants and some for just Japanese. Marines are not well received by the Airman and there are occasional inter-service rivalries confrontations. All in all nice place to visit but I would not want to live there.
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Okinawa has one of my favorite country bars called, "Western World", open Fridays Saturdays only. Try the cowboy killers and the Captain Morgan on Acid's! Awesome! Other than that you can hitch a ride to the banana show (yes, it's exactly what your dirty mind is thinking) or just shop outside Gate 2 of Kadena AFB. White Beach isn't too bad if you are military, a little boring, but decent and quiet cabins overlooking the beach. Pretty. I hear Naha is pretty fun, the "Las Vegas" of the island, I never made it that far.
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Stay clear of the "buy-me-drink" bars. They're Philippino hookers, some possibly used to be men. and to buy them a drink its at least $20. And thats just for them to sit and talk to you. Anything else... you will pay extra. and they are very annoying. Mama-san doesnt like when you try to haggle the price down. But go to Center Stage. its a great club and the women love Americans
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Try to visit the WWII Navy base. Get to one of the smaller islands.
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
This island is one of the coolest places i have ever been. There are so many beaches and lots of pplaces to eat make sure you do learn a bit of Japanese as to not piss off the locals
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Okinawa, Okinawa Region, Japan
Remember that roughly 100 yen (114 when i left) is 1 US Dollar, 500 yen for a meal is not terrible. :]
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