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Hikers enjoy the scenery at Hiji Falls.
n ancient Japan, worshippers revered creations of nature that exhibited beauty and power as part of the Shinto religion. Dwelling in the mountains of northern Yamburu, Hiji Falls gushes through the lush forest, flanked by a hiking trail. This hike consists of a 45-minute walk across bridges, down slopes, up stairs and through wooded terrain. The end of the hike opens to a gorge of water and amazing scenery. Hiji Falls is about 26 meters high and is a sight more glorious than any glossy photo can capture.
On Okinawa, hiking is more than the old forest trail that leads nowhere. Springtime grants the perfect weather to put on hiking shoes and enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forget to bring snacks, water and sunscreen. The hike up to Hiji Falls can be done in anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on your stamina and pace, and makes for a great morning or afternoon jaunt. You can also make a day of it with Tours+, which offers a Hiji Falls & Okuma tour. For details, please see p. 7 or visit mccsokinawa.com/tours.
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CCS TV gives viewers insight about local life and Okinawan history. Tune in to channels 15 and 118 for one of the most comprehensive English-language sources of information on MCCS events and services, as well as Okinawan lifestyle and culture on island. Hai Sai Okinawa showcases the island’s amazing culture, giving viewers insight into some of the mystery outside your door. Hai Sai Extra covers subjects that make the transition to local living easier and more enjoyable. Visions of Okinawa airs throughout the day, capturing a glimpse of this beautiful island and highlighting local happenings and events. Community Connections consists of in-depth interviews with MCCS employees and Samy on the Street features entertaining interactions with service members and their families about MCCS programs and all they have to offer. You can also check out MCCS TV on YouTube at youtube. com/MCCSTVonOkinawa.
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ather up your children and head to a library on Camps Courtney, Foster or Kinser to share the precious pastime of reading with other families at 6 p.m. on April 25. The hour-long program will include storytelling, songs, poems, fingerplays and other activities enjoyable for all ages. A craft time will also be offered, allowing participants to work on a piece of art that they may complete at the event or finish at home. The Storytime program from the MCCS Libraries is an ongoing series that encourages parents and their children to engage with other families over reading. Each gathering focuses on a special theme. This Storytime is designed to celebrate the Month of
the Military Child, with activities centered on the unique experiences shared by children who grow up in military families. Family Storytime is open to all DoD ID card holders and their families. No registration is
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mccsevents&happenings Kimono Dressing Class April 18, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. MFP–R, Camp Foster 645-2104 FREE
Resume Writing Workshop April 22, 1–4 p.m. MFP–R, Camp Hansen 623-7736 FREE
Chariot of Beef Fridays & Saturdays, 5–9 p.m. The Palms, Camp Hansen 623-4375 $2.50/oz.
Easter Egg Hunt April 20 Library, Camp Foster 645-7178 FREE
Basic Origami April 22, 6 p.m. Library, Camp Hansen 623-7372 FREE
Preschool Storytime Mondays, 11 a.m. Library, Camp Kinser 637-1039 FREE
Japanese Survival Class April 22, 5:30 p.m. Library, Camp Schwab 625-2518 FREE
Home Buying Workshop April 24, 1:30–4 p.m. MFP–R, Camp Foster 645-2104 FREE
Healthy Thinking Group Wednesdays, 9–11 a.m. Bldg. 439, Camp Foster 645-2915 FREE
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April 19 & 20 Noon-3 p.m. Turn unwanted items into ca$h. For a full schedule, visit mccsokinawa.com/fleamarket. Special Events 645-5829
April 19 & 20 Take 50% off tire disposals at all Typhoon Motors locations. Offer valid for active duty USMC and USN personnel only. Typhoon Motors
Ace the Interview Workshop
This workshop will teach you how to ace your next interview. For upcoming location, times and dates, visit mccsokinawa.com/mfp-r. MFP—R 645-3151.
Tire Disposal Special
Military Blood Drive
April 30 Provide a service to our military community by giving the gift of life. Appointments are preferred. For donor eligibility questions please contact the Armed Services Blood Program at 643-7737 or 645-7301/8012. Kishaba Youth Center
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ryan vs. courtney
japanese phrase of the week
R Gochisou sama deshita. Thank you for the meal. For details about FREE Japanese language classes, please call Marine & Family Programs–Resources at 645-2104/2106.
yan: Just like any other language, there’s more to Japanese phrases than meets the eye (or ear). For example, konnichiwa, meaning good day/ afternoon is actually a shortened version of a longer phrase—konnichi wa go-kigen ikaga desu ka, meaning “how are you doing today?” Through the years, many of the common words we use today are just shortened versions of longer sentences. Courtney: Man, I thought I had my Japanese aisatsu (greetings) figured out, but I did not know their origins. I’m glad someone had the sense to shorten “good day” to a manage-
able four-syllable expression. What about ohayou gozaimasu (good morning) and konbanwa (good evening)? R: Konbanwa is the same story as konnichiwa but day switched to night—konban wa go-kigen ikaga desu ka? Ohayou gozaimasu literally means “it’s early.” In more casual situations, its shortened to “ohayou,” or sometimes, a just series of grunts. C: I’ve noticed that people in Japan often go more out of their way to greet others compared to the States. The office is filled with “ohayou gozaimasu” every morning with polite nods and bows, especially toward superiors.
Then at the end of the day, the hallways echo with “otsukaresama deshita,” which I’ve always understood to mean, “hey, you worked hard today, champ.” Is that correct? R: Yeah, this means “thanks, I appreciate your hard work today.” It can also be used as a universal greeting for your co-workers. However the words are literally an honorific way to refer to a tired person so it’s used a lot with one’s colleagues. By Ryan Anastoplus and Courtney Rick
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off-base events get out and explore.
2014 Nago Sea Festival April 19, 9 a.m. 21st Century Forest Park Beach Nago FREE Okinawa Antaru Festival April 19 & 20, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Shintoshin Park Omoromachi, Naha FREE Tropical Beach Opening April 20, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Ginowan Seaside Park Ginowan FREE
adventure begins here. Japanese Tea Ceremony April 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults $33, Children (3–11) $26, (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.*
Hiji Falls & Okuma April 26, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $21, Children (3–11) $14, (under 3) $5 Enjoy a hike to Hiji Falls. After working up an appetite, head to Okuma for a late lunch.* Note: Hiking can be strenuous and is not recommended for people with health problems.
Okinawa World & Habu Museum May 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $37, Children (12–15) $27, (4–11) $19, (under 4) $5 Tour Gyokusendo Cave and then enjoy an eisa performance, a glass-blowing center, a pottery village, awamori shop and the Habu Museum. Park and museum entrance fees are included.*
Lily Festival on Ie Island April 26 & 27, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $46, Children (6–11) $35, (3–5) $11, (under 3) $5 Get away to Ie Island and enjoy the spectacular view of over one million lilies. Lily Field Park will host an assortment of fun with a variety of local shows and food booths.*
Battle Sites Tour April 27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $26, Children (3–11) $16, (under 3) $5 Relive the Battle of Okinawa with a history lesson. Visit the Battle of Okinawa Historical Society museum, explore the Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters and Peace Prayer Park. Participants should wear comfortable, non-skid shoes and a hat.*
Shrines & Gardens Tour May 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $18, Children (3–11) $16, (under 3) $5 Explore two of Okinawa’s most famous gardens, Shikina-en, the royal summer home and garden for the Okinawan kings, then visit Kokusai for shopping and lunch. Afterwards, visit Fukushu-en Chinese Garden, then explore Futenma Shrine.*
*Bring yen for additional food, drinks and/or purchases. For more information, contact MCCS Tours+: Camp Foster 646-3502 | Camp Hansen 623-6344 | Camp Kinser 637-2744 | U.S. Naval Hospital 646-7013
Katsuren Castle: From the Camp Foster Legion Gate, take 81 past Awase to 16 (81 will become 227, then 85, then 33 before it intersects with 16). Turn right onto 16 and follow the signs for Katsuren Castle on the right.
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spotlight Home & Home Challenge
egister by April 23 for this yearâ€™s Home & Home Challenge at Taiyo Golf Club. The match will take place on April 26 and 27 with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start for a field of 200 golfers from both the Banyan Tree and Taiyo Golf Club. The tournament will use individual stroke play (full handicap), and teams will consist of two players from the Banyan Tree and two from Taiyo Golf Club. The winning team will be decided by the total of the low-80 gross scores from each side.
The prize will be bragging rights and a traveling trophy that the winner keeps until next yearâ€™s competition. In addition, all participants will be entered into a drawing for an overnight stay for four at the YYY Club IE Resort and an overnight stay for two at Moon Beach Ginowan. The entry fee to compete is $100. Visit mccsokinawa.com/golf for additional details.
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upcoming semperfitevents movieschedule Open Softball Tournament April 25–27 Camp Schwab Softball Field 1 Proud sponsor of MCCS Youth Sports Athletics/Adult Sports 645-3521/3522 Aquatics 645-3180
Open Flag Football Tournament April 25–27 Kinser Fitness Center
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
Register by 1 p.m. on April 21 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 finishers. Tournament brackets and bylaws will be e-mailed to each coach. For details, call 625-2654.
Register by 1 p.m. on April 21 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 finishers. Tournament brackets and bylaws will be e-mailed to each coach. For details, call 637-1869.
Open 6-on-6 Soccer Tournament May 2–4 Camp Hansen Parade Deck
Register by 1 p.m. on April 28 at any MCCS fitness center for $100 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 emailed to each coach. For details, call 623-5569/5558.
Open Racquetball Tournament May 9–11 Futenma Semper Fit Gym
Register by 1 p.m. on May 5 at any MCCS fitness center for $10. On-site registration will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for $15. This event is open to participants island-wide. Awards will be given to first, second and third place teams. There will be an on-site participants’ brief at 8:45 a.m.* For details, call 636-2672.
classof theweek Turbo Kickboxing
Experience a party while you work out. This is a cardio kickboxing class that is enjoyable for everyone looking for a high energy work out. Gunners Fitness Center Mondays, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For a full class schedule, visit schedule mccsokinawa.com/wellness.
singlemarineprogram Leathernecks Tour April 25, 6 p.m. Camp Foster Field #6 645-3681 FREE
Okuma Beach Fest May 2–4 Okuma Recreation Center 645-3681 $10 Bus Fee
CAMP KINSER | 637-2177
CAMP COURTNEY | 622-6101
Thursday, April 17 Noah (PG 13) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 CLOSED Friday, April 18 Rio 2 3D (G) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9 p.m.
Friday, April 18 Oculus (R) 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Rio 2 3D (G) 3 p.m. Draft Day (PG 13) 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 Rio 2 3D (G) 1 p.m. Draft Day (PG 13) 3:30 p.m. Oculus (R) 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 CLOSED Tuesday, April 22 CLOSED Wednesday, April 23 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG 13) 6:30 p.m.
MCAS FUTENMA | 636-3890 Thursday, April 17 CLOSED Friday, April 18 Oculus (R) 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Need For Speed (PG 13) 4 p.m. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG 13) 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20 Draft Day (PG 13) 4 p.m. Oculus (R) 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 Noah (G) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 CLOSED Wednesday, April 23 CLOSED
CAMP FOSTER | 645-3465 Thursday, April 17 300 Rise Of An Empire (R) 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Rio 2 (PG) Noon Rio 2 (PG) 3D 3 p.m. Draft Day (PG-13) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20 Rio 2 (PG) 3D 1 p.m. Rio 2 (PG) 4 p.m. Oculus (R) 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Draft Day (PG 13) 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 Oculus (R) 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 Rio 2 (G) 3 p.m. Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Sunday, April 20 Rio 2 (G) 3 p.m. Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Monday, April 21 Draft Day (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 CLOSED Wednesday, April 23 Oculus (R) 7 p.m.
CAMP HANSEN | 623-4564 Thursday, April 17 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG 13) 7 p.m. Friday, April 18 Draft Day (PG 13) 6:30 p.m. Oculus (R) 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D (PG 13) 2:30 p.m. Oculus (R) 6 p.m. Monday, April 21 Sabotage (R) 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Draft Day (PG 13) 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 Noah (PG 13) 7 p.m.
CAMP SCHWAB | 625-2338 Thursday, April 17 CLOSED Friday, April 18 Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Draft Day (PG 13) 6 p.m. Oculus (R) 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20 300: Rise Of An Empire (R) 4 p.m. Oculus (R) 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Draft Day (PG 13) 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 CLOSED
Movie schedule is subject to change. For the latest updates visit shopmyexchange.com/reeltimetheatres/reeltime-landing.htm.