June 19, 2014 • mccsokinawa.com
okinawalivingweekly Dive Okinawa
Reconnect with Nature
ith its rich coral reefs, sea life and almost yearlong warm water, Okinawa has a reputation as one of the best dive locales in the world. Whether you’re a master diver or a recreational snorkeler, the waters of Okinawa offer something for everyone. At spots like the Junkyard you can explore a reef that houses octopus, eel, clownfish, angelfish and much more. Up north at Maeda Point you can see schools of fish, tube worms, chromis and, if you’re lucky, a sea turtle. More advanced divers can explore the under-
water mountains and valleys of spots like the Toilet Bowl or Bolo Point. Of course, always be safe as diving conditions can change rapidly, and check the dive site’s current condition before heading out. More dive sites and full directions to each of them can be found at mccsokinawa.com/dive_sites. While you’re underwater, take a few photos for our 8th Annual Underwater Photo Contest. Submit your entries by July 7 to any Tsunami SCUBA Center. Visit mccsokinawa.com/tsunamiscuba for more details.
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he northern third of Okinawa Island is called Yanbaru. Predominantly covered in subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest, Yanbaru is a biological haven for a number of animals and plants that are found nowhere else on the planet, such as the Yanbaru Kuina (Okinawa Rail) or the Noguchigera (Okinawa Woodpecker). The forest is crisscrossed by several hiking trails that lead you to beautiful mountain vistas, waterfalls and river valleys. A walk through the forest will transport you into a world of natural beauty, making the concrete and congestion of southern Okinawa seem worlds away. This area of Okinawa is also known for stunning beaches, which don’t experience the overcrowding that the southern beaches suffer in the hot months of the summer. Often, you may find that you are the only person on an entire stretch of pristine beach. Explore northern Okinawa for a break from the city and the chance to feel the peace and serenity of nature.
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Hot Sizzlin’ Summer Sale
any drivers have original factory speakers in their cars, but few realize the potential sound quality improvements they could be getting with some easy, affordable upgrades. New car speakers and head units aren’t just for people wanting to send their bass rumbling down the street. A few simple upgrades to your current audio system can lead to significant improvements in sound clarity, quality and power. A new audio system can also offer improved connectivity features. For example, by replacing your old head unit, you’ll not only receive enhanced power capabilities, you’ll also be able to choose from features like MP3 player connectivity and Bluetooth features.
Starting July 4, Typhoon Motors can help you boost your audio listening experience while saving some cash with the Kenwood Car Audio Hot Sizzlin’ Summer Sale. Save on all Kenwood stereo systems at all
Typhoon Motors locations. Stop by your local Typhoon Motors today to save some money and improve your sound. For details, visit mccsokinawa.com/typhoonmotors.
mccsevents&happenings Survival Basic Japanese June 23, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. MFP–R, Camp Hansen 645-3127 FREE
Origami June 26, 10–11 a.m. MFP–R, Camp Courtney 645-3127 FREE
Junior Golf Clinics Sundays, 1–2 p.m. Taiyo Golf Club 645-2004/2006 FREE
Teen/Tween Program June 23, 4 p.m. Library, Camp Kinser 637-1039 FREE
Advanced LINKS for Spouses June 27, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Bldg. 5677, Camp Foster 645-3689 FREE
Bullseye Steel Tip Dart Tournament Thursdays, 7 p.m. BeachHead, Camp Schwab 625-2053 FREE
School Age StoryTime (ages 6 to 9) June 24, 1 p.m. Library, Camp Foster 645-7178 FREE
Professional Communication June 27, 9–11 a.m. MFP–R, Camp Schwab 645-3151 FREE
Chalk & Awe Pool Tournament Tuesdays, 7 p.m. BeachHead, Camp Schwab 625-2053 FREE
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Dads in Gear
June 21 & 22 Noon Turn unwanted items into ca$h. For a full schedule, visit mccsokinawa.com/fleamarket. Special Events 645-5829
Wednesdays New Parent Support Program Share your experiences as a military dad and build lasting bonds with your children from pregnancy through early childhood. New Parent Support Program 645-0396
Wednesdays & Thursdays 5–9 p.m. Stop by the Ocean Breeze on Wednesdays and on Thursdays choose from Tengan Castle on Camp Courtney, Surfside on Camp Kinser of the Butler Officers’ Club on Plaza Housing. mccsokinawa.com/clubs
July 3 Marine & Family Programs-Resources Bldg. 3327 FREE Come find out what Marine & Family Programs-Resources has to offer young Marines and Sailors on Camp Schwab at this open house event. MFP-R 625-2622
Family Fun Nights
MFP-R Open House
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ryan vs. courtney
japanese phrase of the week
R Anata to issho ni Nihongo no renshuu shite iidesu ka? Can I practice Japanese with you? For details about FREE Japanese language classes, please call Marine & Family Programs–Resources at 645-2104/2106.
yan: Hey Courtney, it looks like you have a sheet of mold growing down your pant leg. You’re disgusting. Courtney: No, that’s just dog hair. But I have found some furry fungi in the dark recesses of my closet lately. This never happened to me in the States. Was mold invented on Okinawa? R: That wasn’t furry fungi in your closet—that’s the corner I’ve been using to shave all of your stuffed animals. C: Have you been living in my closet? R: Yes. I placed some dehumidifiers in your closet so your clothes don’t get moldy. The mold was rough on my allergies. C: I already have a dehumidifier. It’s
big, noisy and blows hot air on me. R: Not that kind of dehumidifier. There are disposable ones that are made for closets so your clothes don’t get moldy and your guests can live in a more comfortable environment. C: That’s a great idea. Maybe I can stop throwing my shoes out and people will actually want to come over and watch The Bachelor with me! Do they really work? R: Yes, they do work in preventing mold but it’s still unclear how effective they are in helping people make friends. Maybe if you were the only one in your neighborhood that has them you could invite people to look at your dehumidifiers. Some of them
are little pouches you stick in your dresser. Some of them are little hanger style ones. Most common and in my opinion, the most effective, are the Tupperware looking ones filled with moisture absorbing beads. C: I’ll have to stock up. Where can I find these treasures? R: You can find them almost anywhere, especially during the humid summer months. Supermarkets like Jusco or San A and DIY shops like Makeman and Sakumoto always have them. They are called kulozetto-yo shikke-tori in Japanese. By Ryan Anastoplus and Courtney Rick
Contact Ryan or Courtney with your questions, comments or cookies at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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off-base events get out and explore.
June 20–22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Diving Resorts & Travel Expo Convention Center, Ginowan FREE June 21, 4:30 p.m. Tao Drum Rock (Zoku 17 Samurai) Convention Center, Ginowan Visit otv.co.jp/event/tao for ticket information. June 22, 10 a.m. 2014 Hagoromo Cup Friendship Festival and Fishing Competition Ginowan Marina, Ginowan FREE
adventure begins here. Japanese Tea Ceremony June 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults $35, Children (3–11) $28, (under 3) $5 Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at a beautiful private Okinawan home. After tea, head to Kokusai Street for lunch and shopping.*
Kariyushi Pool & Lunch June 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults $42, Children (6–12) $31, (4–5) $21, (under 4) $5 Take some time to relax and enjoy a swim in the scenic Kariyushi Garden Pool. Afterwards, have an appetizing Asian buffet lunch.
Okinawa World & Habu Museum June 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $37, Children (12–15) $29, (4–11) $21, (under 4) $5 Tour Gyokusendo Cave, and then enjoy an eisa drum show, a glassblowing center, a pottery village, awamori shop and the Habu museum.
Battle Sites Tour June 28, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $28, Children(3–11) $18, (under 3)$5 Visit the Battle of Okinawa Historical Collection on Camp Kinser then relive the battle with a history lesson. Explore the Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters and end the day at Peace Prayer Park.
Expo Park & Aquarium June 29, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Adults $37, Children (16–17) $32, (12–15) $26, (6–11) $22, (3–5) $16, (under 3)$5 Head to Expo Park, where you can watch a free dolphin show, visit an Okinawan Village or relax on Emerald Beach. Then, visit Okinawa’s fourstory Churaumi Aquarium.
Yanbaru Mangrove Kayaking July 5, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $62, Children (6–12) $39 Get your muscles moving while enjoying the beautiful nature and scenery while kayaking for approximately two-and-a-half hours. Please bring a change of clothes, a towel, suntan lotion, sandals, a hat and a packed lunch with many drinks.
*Bring yen for additional food, drinks and/or purchases. For more information, contact MCCS Tours+: Camp Foster 646-3502 | Camp Hansen 623-6344 | U.S. Naval Hospital 646-7013
photooftheweek Mike Daley
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum is one of the island’s most architecturally distinctive buildings and is the perfect place to spend time during a rainy day. Reach the museum by driving south on Hwy 58 into Naha. Turn left onto Omorachi Street (just before the turn you will see Bay City Meiho Pachinko Parlour on the left) and continue until you see the museum on your left, across from Naha Main Place shopping center.
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MCCS Flea Markets
urn unwanted items into cash at an MCCS flea market. The flea market rotates between Camps Courtney, Foster and Kinser each weekend so there are many different opportunities to make the most out of your unwanted possessions. Vendors must sign up one hour prior to opening and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $15 and the market opens to sellers at 6 a.m. on Camp Courtney and 11 a.m. on Camps Foster and Kinser.
There are rules about what can and cannot be sold at MCCS flea markets, so please visit mccsokinawa.com/fleamarket to view the full guidelines. The flea market opens to the public at 7 a.m. on Camp Courtney and at noon on Camps Foster and Kinser. Bring the whole family and get ready for a fun day of deals and bargaining. For information on this weekâ€™s flea market, please see page 3 or visit mccsokinawa.com/fleamarket for a monthly schedule.
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upcoming semperfitevents movieschedule Open Duathlon June 28 Semper Fit Gym, MCAS Futenma Register by 1 p.m. on June 23 at any MCCS fitness center for $20. On-site registration will be available at 7:45 a.m. for $25. This event is open to participants island-wide. Awards will be given to first, second and third place teams. An on-site participants’ brief will be held at 7:45 a.m.* For details, call 636-2672.
Proud sponsor of MCCS Youth Sports Athletics/Adult Sports 645-3521/3522 Aquatics 645-3180 Courtney Ironworks 622-9261/7297 Futenma Semper Fit 636-2672 Gunners Fitness Center 645-3985/2235 Hansen House of Pain 623-5558/4831 Health Promotion 645-3484/3910 Kinser Fitness Center 637-1869/1114 Schwab Power Dome 625-2654/2442 Taiyo Golf Club 622-2004 Tsunami SCUBA 645-9500 Youth Sports 645-3533/3534
Down South Doubles Tennis Competition June 28 Gunners Fitness Center, Camp Foster Register by 1 p.m. on June 23 at any MCCS fitness center for $10. On-site registration will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. for $15. This event is open to participants island-wide. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in both divisions. There will be an on-site participants’ brief at 9:45 a.m.* For details, call 645-4866/3985. Pacific Wide “Firecracker” Softball Tournament July 2–6 Gunners Fitness Center Athletic Fields, Camp Foster Register by 1 p.m. on June 23 at any MCCS fitness center for $250 per team. This event is open to participants Pacific-wide. Awards will be given to first, second and third place teams in both divisions. Tournament brackets and bylaws will be emailed to each coach. There will be a coaches meeting at 6 p.m. on July 1* followed by an opening ceremony and skills competition. For details, call 645-4866/3985. Open Basketball Tournament July 5 & 6 House of Pain, Camp Hansen Register by 1 p.m. on June 30 at any MCCS fitness center for $95 per team. This event is open to participants island-wide. Awards will be given to first, second and third place teams. Tournament brackets and bylaws will be e-mailed to each player. For details, call 623-5569/5558. *Attendance is required for participation.
classof theweek Hot Hula Fitness®
Hot Hula Fitness provides a “total body workout” in 60 minutes as it isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and arms. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, Hot Hula fitness incorporates easy-to-perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian and drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. For a full class schedule, visit schedule mccsokinawa.com/wellness.
singlemarineprogram SMP Events
Golf Clinics at Taiyo 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, 9–11 a.m. Taiyo Golf Club 645-3681 FREE
Volunteer at the Super Duper Cosplay Contest June 21, Noon–5 p.m. The Palms, Camp Hansen 645-3681
CAMP KINSER | 637–2177
CAMP COURTNEY | 622–6101
Thursday, June 19 Edge of Tomorrow 3D (PG 13) 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 22 Jump Street (R) 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) 1 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 3:30 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 CLOSED Tuesday, June 24 CLOSED Wednesday, June 25 22 Jump Street (R) 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 19 CLOSED Friday, June 20 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 6 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 CLOSED June 25 Wednesday, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) 2 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26 CLOSED
MCAS FUTENMA | 636-3890 Thursday, June 19 CLOSED Friday, June 20 A Haunted House 2 (R) 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 Godzilla 3D (PG 13) 4 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22 Edge of Tomorrow 3D (PG 13) 4 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 Maleficent 3D (PG) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 CLOSED Wednesday, June 25 CLOSED Thursday, June 26 CLOSED
CAMP FOSTER | 645-3465 Thursday, June 19 Edge of Tomorrow (PG 13) 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 6 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 9 p.m. June 21 Saturday, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) Noon How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) 1 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) 4 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) 3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 Edge Of Tomorrow 3D (PG 13) 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26 How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (PG) `3 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m.
CAMP HANSEN | 623–4564 Thursday, June 19 Edge of Tomorrow 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 22 Jump Street (R) 6:30 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. Edge of Tomorrow 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 Maleficent 3D (PG) 2:30 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. Monday, June 23 Blended (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 Godzilla (PG 13) 7 p.m. June 25 Wednesday, A Million Way to Die in the West (R) 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26 22 Jump Street (R) 7 p.m.
CAMP SCHWAB | 625–2338
Thursday, June 19 CLOSED Friday, June 20 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. 22 Jump Street (R) 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21 22 Jump Street (R) 6 p.m. Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG 13) 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22 22 Jump Street (R) 4 p.m. X-Men: Days Of Future Past 3D (PG 13) 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 Edge Of Tomorrow (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 Neighbors (R) 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 CLOSED Thursday, June 26 CLOSED
Movie schedule is subject to change. For the latest updates visit shopmyexchange.com/reeltimetheatres/reeltime-landing.htm.