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Okinawa Nightlife – Everything You Need to Know
Naha City – Okinawa NightLife
NAHA, Japan — On a dark street behind the T-shirt shops and the crowds of the touristy Kokusai Dori strip, in a tiny club filled with a smattering of gray-haired customers, Sumiko Yoseyama lifted her microphone to conjure up a bygone era of crooners and big bands. That era ended in , when this southern island reverted to Japanese control. Now, Okinawa is a destination for sun-worshiping young tourists from the Japanese mainland and the site of angry protests against the shrunken but still considerable American military presence here, with its noise, pollution and crime. But there are also a dwindling number of holdouts from an earlier time when Okinawa was still under American rule and the United States itself was a youthful and confident power in a golden age after World War II. Nostalgia for that older America is one of the draws for mainland Japanese tourists and the smaller number of visitors from Taiwan and Hong Kong. At the military surplus stores along Kokusai Dori, the main tourist drag here in the Okinawan capital of Naha, many of the camouflage shirts are fashion statements designed in Tokyo and made in China. Around the corner from brothels known as soaplands is Steakhouse 88, where diners feast on T-bones, tenderloins and other large American-style steaks that are unusual elsewhere in Japan.
Cruising in Naha, Okinawa
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Notes: Location, it would seem, is given upon making an appointment. Can make inquiry through email or phone. Night testing results available same-day : Third Wednesday of the month, by appointment.