Wa Cafe Nodoka: 和カフェ和花

和 wa: this has a dual meaning, "harmony" or "Japan/Japanese," specifically the concept of peaceful unity and conformity within a social group. It is also one of the 4 tenets of Japanese tea ceremony ("wa," "kei," "sei," and "jyaku" meaning harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility). Wa cafe Nodoka is a rather recent addition to the Minatogawa … Continue reading Wa Cafe Nodoka: 和カフェ和花

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Cafe Mondoor

Yes... ANOTHER coffee find from the magazine (Coffee & Donuts in Okinawa City, More Coffee in Okinawa). Cafe Mondoor is located in Itoman, in the southern area of Okinawa. It was not the easiest to find, located off some back street. And parking is not obvious... I parked in a location with a sign (in … Continue reading Cafe Mondoor

Genten 原点: Coffee Specialist in Okinawa

原点 genten: origin 珈琲 koohii: coffee The other day I came across an amazing find: a quiet coffeeshop nestled into a small neighborhood of Okinawa city. Down a side road, and then into an unpaved sort of parking area it stood before me. It's name is "Genten." From the outside, you may think it almost … Continue reading Genten 原点: Coffee Specialist in Okinawa

Daisekirinzan Park: 大石林山

Daisekirinzan park is at the very north of Okinawa main island, in Yanbaru. It is a pretty long drive from the southern part of the island... but worth checking out. One of the best parts is that this park is dog-friendly (even the shuttle bus and the cafe). Right now the park is set to open … Continue reading Daisekirinzan Park: 大石林山

Cafe Hopping in Okinawa: カフェ巡り

cafe meguri カフェ巡り: cafe "hopping" A frequent pastime (hobby) here in Okinawa seems to be "cafe hopping." Perhaps because there are so many small, and large chain, cafes dotted around everywhere from the hills to the beaches to the city blocks. Each of them have their own theme or things that make them a little … Continue reading Cafe Hopping in Okinawa: カフェ巡り

Mokupuni Melon Pan: モクプニ

メロンパン melon pan: "melon" bread. Today we went up north for a bit, and took a diversion to Sesoko-jima (connected to Motobu by bridge). There we found a little Hawaiian-inspired building called "Mokupuni" モクプニ selling Japanese melon bread (melon pan). Melon bread is not named for the flavor, but rather the appearance. The outside is … Continue reading Mokupuni Melon Pan: モクプニ

Cokofu: Sweets shop in Okinawa

Cokofu is located in the eclectic Minatogawa Stateside Town in Urasoe. The name stands for: Coconut × Kokuto 黒糖 (brown sugar) × Fu 麩 (wheat gluten). It is a mix of Okinawan style and some Kyoto style... it is interesting! The best part? Vegan-friendly! I ate delicious soy milk and Okinawa brown sugar ice cream, drizzled … Continue reading Cokofu: Sweets shop in Okinawa

Essence963 Hammock Cafe

Time to share a small gem located in Ginowan. It is on top of a hill up a narrow road off of Pipeline-dori, actually situated in a peaceful neighborhood near a lot of Americans... but somehow this place remains untouched. There are other hammock cafes in Okinawa that you hear about all the time. But … Continue reading Essence963 Hammock Cafe

Uchinaa Days: Celebrating Okinawa Culture

うちなー uchinaa: belonging to Okinawa Okinawa has created some "special days" in the calendar to celebrate different aspects of Okinawa/Ryukyu culture and industry. Based on the sounds of the words or some other special meaning, they choose a day in the calendar to represent it. Please keep in mind these are not serious holidays, just … Continue reading Uchinaa Days: Celebrating Okinawa Culture

Jimmy’s Bakery Okinawa

How has it been this long and I have never made a post about Jimmy's? Well, Jimmy's is a local Okinawan chain: part bakery, part import foods store, and part restaurant. And it is SUPER popular. I always get gifts from Jimmy's-- the cakes, cookies, and such are decent. Not really spectacular, but just fine. … Continue reading Jimmy’s Bakery Okinawa