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CENTRAL OKINAWA

Strongly influenced by the US, American and Japanese culture is very much a single entity in this area. The US military base strongly affects the surrounding areas and Okinawa City is the center of the resulting cultural melting pot with Okinawa City as is - a town of music where clubs featuring live music compete with each other on a daily basis. Chatan Town is the old site of the US military base and is now home to an "American Village" with a huge Ferris wheel. The nearby World Heritage Sites of "Katsuren-gusku Castle," "Zakimi-gusuku Castle" and "Naka-gusuku Castle" also attract the crowds and even bullfighting is popular. Festival wise, those timing their visit right or simply lucky can expect to see the "Okinawa Zento Eisaa Matsuri" festival.

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