And this week’s winner is…

Alison is the winner of this week’s Japan Update raffle. She will enjoy a free night in the Best Western Naha Inn, a nice business hotel located in the Asato district of Naha City, and within a walking distance of the Kokusai Street shopping and entertainment district.

Alison is from Hawaii, an island much like Okinawa. “Its beautiful and has perfect weather all year around,” she says. She has lived on Okinawa two years, and says that she’s leaving “When I want to.”

But for now, she likes her life here. Her favorite local food is “udon” noodles. She also enjoys all the local festivals that take place almost every weekend throughout the long Okinawan summer. She also appreciates “How there is Eisa dancing on the streets in local neighborhoods during the Obon season.

She also likes to read Japan Update, but would like to see “More raffles in the paper so I could win another one!”

To participate in Japan Update weekly raffle, just go to, and click on “Raffle Entry” where you can see the prize of the current raffle. Then sign up and good luck!

08:30 30 May , 2024