And this week’s winner is…

The winner of this week’s Japan Update raffle is Kim Nguyen, who won a free night for two at the Best Western Naha Inn, a high-class and comfortable business hotel located right next to the best night spots in Naha’s Kokusai Street area.

Kim hails originally from San Jose, California, and has been on Okinawa one and half years. She says she’s scheduled to move on in May 2014.

Of her stay here she says “It feels like I’m on vacation every day.” She likes the food, “sashimi is my favorite,” and the beautiful blue waters surrounding the island.

When asked what more she would like to see in Japan, she says “I have spent the last years exploring Okinawa whenever I could. Now I would like to see more of the outlying islands like the Keramas, Ie, and even Miyako and Ishigaki further out.”

She says that she’s interested in the everyday lives of locals, and would like to see more stories in English reflecting the Okinawan points of view.

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07:36 01 Mar , 2024