Welcome to Okinawa Consolidated
Considered by some to be the crown jewel of the many Exchanges around the world, the Okinawa Consolidated Exchange, from Camp Kinser in the southern portion of this beautiful Pacific island to the northern activities at Camp Schawb, offers plenty of excellent shopping opportunities to meet the needs our diverse customer base. The Okinawa Exchange serves more than 24,000 military members and Defense Department civilians as well as over 31,000 other authorized customers on this small island. The number of Exchange activities is equally impressive, with 36 retail stores such as the Express and main stores, 7 theaters, 175+ concessionaires, 8 service stations, over 92 food activities and 5 Military Clothing Stores.
Okinawa is the largest of more than 140 islands in Okinawa Prefecture ( of which only 47 are populated). Measuring 67 miles long by 2 to 17 miles wide, and covering a total area of 454 sq. miles, Okinawa's highest point is Mt. Yonaha at 1494 feet.
Often referred to as "Japan's Hawaii," Okinawa's average yearly temperature is 72° F , with an average of 82°F in July and 61°F in January, June to October is typhoon season; the rainy season lasts only from May to June. Annual rainfall amounts to 93 inches, however Okinawa topography and lack of natural dams can lead to periodic water rationing.
Okinawa Island: 857,000: Okinawa Prefecture: 1,246,000. The most populated city is Naha, the capital, at around 375,000; Okinawa City, with a population of over 100,000 is second.
Okinawa belongs to Okinawa Prefecture, which sends representatives to the Japanese Diet. Similar to the British parliamentary system, the Prime Minister is the head of state , while Emperor Akihito is little more than a figurehead, but highly respected.
Many Okinawans can get by in English, but for the most part speak the Ryukyu subdialect of Japanese or the Japanese of the mainland.
Shintoism and Buddhism are the major Japanese religions, and you will find both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples scattered about Okinawa.