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he Ryukyu Kingdom has long-established ties with China. The first Chinese came to Okinawa 600 years ago and established trade relations that benefited both nations. To commemorate the relationship between the two, Fukushūen was opened in 1992, offering visitors the opportunity to feel as though they have been transported to a Chinese garden in Naha. The garden is built from materials brought over from Fukushu City in China, including the stones and wood that make up the various paths and bridges that
route through the park. The architecture and landscaping were designed by engineers and gardeners from both Naha and Fukushu City to ensure that the garden had the same look and feel as the gardens back in Fukushu. Visitors will find meticulously maintained plants, waterfalls, koi ponds and seating areas for their enjoyment. Fukushūen is free to the public and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m except Wednesday. Access the park from Hwy. 58, turning right at the Kumoji intersection.
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emember how every morning you would wake up to the sound of mom cooking breakfast while you got ready for school? It’s time you returned the favor. But don’t worry if you can’t cook, MCCS is here to pick up the slack. We’re offering Mother’s Day breakfast and brunch buffets, and all mothers eat free. Buffets will be offered at various camps on May 11. For breakfast, go to the Surfside on Camp Kinser or the Ocean Breeze on Camp Foster from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For brunch, visit The Butler Officers’ Club on Plaza Housing (reservations recommended) or the Habu Pit on MCAS Futenma from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Tengan Castle on Camp Courtney from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If your mom is a golfer, why not take her out for a round before eating at The Lanai at Taiyo Golf Club? A buffet will be served between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, please visit mccsokinawa.com/clubs.
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livingatlarge Beyond the Brief
ilitary families face many challenges, especially when dealing with a deployment. Marine Corps Family Team Building invites families to attend the Beyond the Brief series, featuring a different workshop each week to help families deal with the various aspects of deployment. On May 8, learn about all the pros and cons of heading off-island during a deployment in the Should I Stay or Should I Go? workshop. On May 15, join the Finance & Budgeting workshop to find the best use of extra deployment money for your family’s specific needs. On May 22, attend the Improve Your Health and Happiness workshop to learn
stress management techniques to boost your health and happiness during a separation. All briefs are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Education Center on
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Camp Courtney. Childcare reimbursement is available for each event. For details or to register, please call 645-3689 or visit mccsokinawa.com/mcftb.
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mccsevents&happenings Career Assessment Workshop May 6, 1–4 p.m. MFP–R, Camp Schwab 625-2622 FREE
Professional Communication May 9, 9–11 a.m. MFP–R, Camp Foster 645-3151 FREE
Japanese Spouses Orientation May 15, 9 a.m.–noon Bldg. 5677, Camp Foster 645-3689 FREE
Commissary Curiosities/ Hamby Town Tour May 8, 9–11 a.m. Commissary, Camp Foster 645-2104 FREE
Resume Writing Workshop May 12, 8:30–11:30 a.m. MFP–R, Camp Schwab 625-2622 FREE
Family Night at the Driving Range Wednesdays, 5–9 p.m. Taiyo Golf Club 622-2004/2006 FREE
Four Lenses Workshop May 9, 8:30–11:30 a.m. MFP–R, Camp Kinser 637-2815 FREE
Family Care Plan Workshop May 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Surfside, Camp Kinser 645-3689 FREE
Nacho Average Wednesday Wednesdays, 5–11 p.m. Thirsty's, MCAS Futenma 636-3046
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May 3 & 4 Noon-3 p.m. Turn unwanted items into ca$h. For a full schedule, visit mccsokinawa.com/fleamarket. Special Events 645-5829
Fridays & Saturdays, 5–9 p.m. The Palms Enjoy hand carved prime rib served with your choice of salad, loaded mashed potatoes, parsley carrots, creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding. The Palms 623-4375
Ace the Interview Workshop
Marine & Family Programs-Resources Learn how to ace your next interview. This workshop will teach you how to answer tough questions, dress appropriately and negotiate your salary. MFP—R 645-3151.
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Muffins with Mommy
May 17, 10–11 a.m. Library Celebrate Mother’s Day with stories, songs, poems, rhymes, finger plays and a craft. Muffins will be offered to all participants. Education and Libraries 645-6453
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ryan vs. courtney
japanese phrase of the week
C Kore wa ikura desuka? How much is this? For details about FREE Japanese language classes, please call Marine & Family Programs–Resources at 645-2104/2106.
ourtney: I was at a traffic light the other day in front of a glowing, neon pachinko parlor and noticed a friendly tiger on a sign beckoning me to come in. I almost did, but then I realized I have no idea what pachinko is. I’m guessing it involves fluorescent lights and cute animals, right? Ryan: You’re half-right. The pachinko parlor has a bunch of fluorescent lights but, unfortunately, no cute animals. Just rows and rows of pachinko machines. The pachinko machine itself resembles an upright pinball machine. The
player twists a knob and shoots little metal marbles into the machine. The balls cascade along the machine, hopping through a series of pins. If a ball falls into a certain spot on the board, more balls are released. These balls are exchanged for prizes. Since gambling is illegal in Japan, these prizes consist of material goods. C: Is there any skill involved or is it mostly a luck thing when playing pachinko? And more importantly, why is there a pachinko parlor on every corner? R: Pachinko parlors make lots of
money—about $300 billion per year. That’s twice the amount of Japan’s automobile industry and about the same as the global drug trade. There is no real strategy in pachinko. Still, some people make a living playing pachinko. It is often alleged that some parlor managers illegally manipulate their machines to give players jackpots (after a long losing streak, of course) to encourage their return by fostering the illusion of luck or perseverance paying off. 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.
Naha Hari Dragon Boat Races May 3–5, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Naha Shinko Wharf, Naha FREE Children Festival Adventure World May 3–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Chatan Dome, Chatan Adults ¥1,800, Children (under 16) ¥1,200 Haneji Koinobori Festival May 4 & 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Haneji Dam, Nago City FREE
adventure begins here. Urashima Dinner Theater May 9, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Adults $73 with lobster, $58 without lobster, Children (3–12) $36, (3–5) $32, (under 3) $5 without a meal Savor the flavors of Okinawan cuisine while being entertained by traditional music and dancers. Choose between American or Okinawan dinners.
Okinawa West Coast Tour May 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Adults $32, Children (3–11) $22, (under 3) $5 Visit Cape Manzamo, one of the beautiful and scenic spots on Okinawa. Then visit Okinawa Beer Garden for a delicious lunch buffet. Last stop will be at the Okinawa Sweets Factory where you can have dessert while overlooking the East China Sea.*
Expo Park & Aquarium May 17, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $35, Children (16–17) $30, (12–15) $24, (6–11) $20, (3–5) $14, (under 3) $5 Head to Expo Park where you can visit Okinawa’s four‐story Churaumi Aquarium. Watch a free dolphin show, visit an Okinawan village or relax on Emerald Beach.*
Battle Sites Tour May 10, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $26, Children (3–11) $16, (under 3) $5 Visit the Battle of Okinawa Historical Collection then explore the Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters and end the day at Peace Prayer Park. Note: Participants should wear comfortable, non-skid shoes and bring a hat.
Buffet Dinner at Kariyushi Hotel May 16, 5–10 p.m. Adults $50, Children (6–11) $29, (4–5) $22, (under 4) $5 Venture into the local community to try out some of the wonderful flavors. Our restaurant for the month is The Dining, where you can have a taste of traditional Okinawan dishes along with a wide selection of Japanese food, Western food, Chinese cuisine and sweets.
Northern Highlights Tour May 17, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $39, Children (3–11) $25, (under 3) $5 Visit Nago Pineapple Winery, Nago Glass Factory and the Orion beer factory. Then enjoy a yakiniku‐style lunch (included) at Yanbaru Ikoi no Mura.*
*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
Cape Manzamo: Take Highway 58 north past Onna Village and follow the signs on the left for Manzamo.
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House of Laughs
CCS brings us another edition of the House of Laughs Comedy Series, featuring Eddie Bryant and Allan Cunningham. You may know Eddie Bryant from comedy clubs across America or his acting on screen. Veteran comic Allan Cunningham comes from Detroit and brings his sense of humor in trying to understand relationships. Both comics will be performing at various camps between May 20 and 24. On May 20, catch them at the Ocean Breeze on Camp Foster. On
May 21, they’ll be at the BeachHead on Camp Schwab and the following day they’ll be performing at Thirsty’s on MCAS Futenma. On May 23 and 24, the comics will be at Surfside on Camp Kinser and The Palms or Camp Hansen, respectively. All shows begin at 9 p.m. The shows are open to all ranks, but adult audiences only, as performances may contain explicit or offensive language. For more information visit facebook.com/mccokinawa.entertainment or call 645-5821.
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upcoming semperfitevents movieschedule 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.
Proud sponsor of MCCS Youth Sports Athletics/Adult Sports 645-3521/3522 Aquatics 645-3180
Open Flag Football Tournament
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
May 16–18 Camp Schwab Athletics Softball Field 2 Register by 1 p.m. on May 12 at any MCCS fitness center for $95 per team. This event is open to participants islandwide. 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 645-2654.
6 vs. 6 Soccer Tournament
May 16–18 Camp Schwab Athletics Softball Field 1 Register by 1 p.m. on May 12 at any MCCS fitness center for $80 per team. This event is open to participants islandwide. 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 625-2654.
Open Softball Tournament
May 23–25 Camp Courtney Exchange Softball Field Register by 1 p.m. on May 19 at any MCCS fitness center for $95 per team. This event is open to participants islandwide. 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 622-7297. *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 drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Gunners Fitness Center Fridays, 10–11 a.m. For a full class schedule, visit schedule mccsokinawa.com/wellness.
singlemarineprogram Taiyo Golf Clinic
First and third Fridays of every month, 9–11 a.m. Taiyo Golf Club 645-3681 FREE
Bushido Mud Run May 10, 9 a.m.
Sign-in at 6:30 a.m. Camp Hansen Parade Deck 645-3681 Visit mccsokinawa.com/smp for details and cost.
CAMP KINSER | 637-2177
CAMP COURTNEY | 622-6101
Thursday, May 1 Heaven is for Real (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 1 CLOSED
Friday, May 2 The Other Woman (R) 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 6 p.m. The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 3 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 Rio 2 3D (PG) 1 p.m. The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 3:30 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 3 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 3 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6 p.m.
Monday, May 5 CLOSED
Monday, May 5 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6 CLOSED
Tuesday, May 6 CLOSED
Wednesday, May 7 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 The Other Woman (R) 7 p.m.
MCAS FUTENMA | 636-3890
CAMP HANSEN | 623-4564
Thursday, May 1 CLOSED
Thursday, May 1 300: The Rise of an Empire (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Friday, May 2 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 6:30 p.m. The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 4 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 4 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 The Other Woman (R) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 CLOSED Wednesday, May 7 CLOSED
Saturday, May 3 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 6 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 2:30 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6 p.m. Monday, May 5 Transcendence (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 The Other Woman (R) 7 p.m.
CAMP FOSTER | 645-3465
CAMP SCHWAB | 625-2338
Thursday, May 1 Transcendence (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 1 CLOSED
Friday, May 2 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 6 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 9 p.m.
Friday, May 2 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 6 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 Rio 2 (PG) Noon Brick Mansions (PG 13) 3 p.m. The Other Woman (R) 6 p.m. The Quiet ones (PG 13) 9 p.m. Sunday, May 4 Rio 2 (PG) 1 p.m. The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 4 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 6 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 9 p.m.
Monday, May 5 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m. Transcendence (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6 The Quiet Ones (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 The Other Woman (R) 4 p.m. Brick Mansions (PG 13) 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 Transcendence (PG 13) 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 CLOSED
Wednesday, May 7 The Other Woman (R) 7 p.m.
Movie schedule is subject to change. For the latest updates visit shopmyexchange.com/reeltimetheatres/reeltime-landing.htm.