Mofgmona: モフモナ

Mofgmona is a a really quaint cafe located in Ginowan that serves both lunch and dinner, as well as having various pottery and handcrafts for sale. There is a parking lot with marked spaces for the cafe just past it. From the outside, you cannot help but want to enter. Inside is so cozy, but … Continue reading Mofgmona: モフモナ

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Coffee & Donuts in Okinawa City

コーヒー, 珈琲: coffee ドーナツ: donut(s) Recently I decided to investigate some places listed in an Okinawa monthly magazine (Porte, sold at bookstores and convenience stores for 500yen). This month's theme was coffee... and I love coffee. BB Coffee (Awase): Very hip space, both indoor and outdoor (as well as plenty of free parking). Stanford-chan is … Continue reading Coffee & Donuts in Okinawa City

Croissant taiyaki (fish-shaped pastry) at ゆんたくカフェWan

クロワッサンたい焼: croissant taiyaki (read here for more info on taiyaki) Yuntaku Cafe Wan ゆんたくカフェWan is a very small "cafe" located in Kunigami 国頭村 (Northern part of Okinawa) that specializes in croissant taiyaki. It is located near the Okuma resorts. When you first pull up, it is super charming, and there is a faithful dog who comes … Continue reading Croissant taiyaki (fish-shaped pastry) at ゆんたくカフェWan

Cake Shop Asahi-ya: あさひ屋

和洋菓子店 wayougashiten: Japanese-western confectionary shop Near 2 of the military bases in Ginowan, Futenma and Foster, there is a small confectionary shop next to the Union grocery store. It is called "Asahi-ya" あさひ屋. When you pull up, you may not notice the small sign for "parking" at first. It is really just one space next … Continue reading Cake Shop Asahi-ya: あさひ屋

Setsubun festivals in Okinawa: 節分祭

節分: Setsubun 祭: festival In a previous post, I talked a little about Setsubun, the bean-scattering ceremony. This year, I went to the setsubun-sai (festival) at Naminoue Shrine, which is held on February 3rd. It was a grey and cloudy day, with a bit of a chill. My husband and I parked the car a … Continue reading Setsubun festivals in Okinawa: 節分祭

Nakayoshi: 宮古そば なかよし

宮古そば Miyako soba Near to the university, on a back road, there is a small local restaurant called Miyako Soba Nakayoshi. As my sensei is from Miyako-jima, he is partial to this place, so of course one sunny day he treated us students to lunch and kakigouri (shave ice) かき氷. When you see the place, … Continue reading Nakayoshi: 宮古そば なかよし

Mushrooms: きのこ

きのこ (hiragana), キノコ (katakana), as well as possible kanji 茸, 菌, or 蕈: all pronounced KINOKO... means mushroom! There are many types of mushrooms you can find in the grocery stores and farmers markets of Okinawa... pretty much all of them are delicious. Here is a short list which I will update later with some … Continue reading Mushrooms: きのこ

Book cafe&hall ゆかるひ: Making “oyaki”

oyaki おやき: a style of dumplings from Nagano prefecture I went to a workshop organized by a company called "Table Watch"--- to learn how to make dumplings from an Okinawan obaachan, Yaka-san. Oyaki is a traditional Nagano food. The Book cafe&hall Yukaruhi is located on the 3rd floor of the Yaka Building in Naha (Yaka-san's … Continue reading Book cafe&hall ゆかるひ: Making “oyaki”

New Year’s Foods in Okinawa

osechi-ryouri 御節料理: New Year's cuisine Previously I posted some basic info about New Year's celebrations in Okinawa. But this is all about the food, so let's talk food. The grocery aisles are lined with various important foods on display, many of which may not be too familiar to foreigners. In this modern day you will … Continue reading New Year’s Foods in Okinawa