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Nuchigafu: Afternoon Bukubuku tea set

Another bukubuku-cha post! Sorry, I cannot help myself, I love tea culture. So one afternoon I set out on a mission, and asked if my husband would join me. We headed for the Tsuboya yachimun (pottery) district of Naha. Specifically to the popular Ryukyu-style restaurant, Nuchigafu ぬちがふう(命果報). This place gained much popularity after the Jimami … Continue reading Nuchigafu: Afternoon Bukubuku tea set

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Another Vegan Ramen option in Okinawa: Orange Shokudo

Today started as any normal Sunday. It is the monthly Sunrise Market in Naha, and my husband wanted to go. So we set off and parked our car in the Noren Plaza のうれんプラザ as is our usual spot. The monthly market is quite nice and we always find some ono grinds here. Anyway, after we … Continue reading Another Vegan Ramen option in Okinawa: Orange Shokudo

Shuri Kannondo & Gassho Conan: 首里観音堂&合掌コナン

In Japan, it is still the New year holidays so I decided to take a small venture out. In Shuri area, there are 4 popular temples that enshrine guardian gods assigned to all 12 of the zodiac animals. While I should have gone to Daruma temple because it enshrines the deity of the year of … Continue reading Shuri Kannondo & Gassho Conan: 首里観音堂&合掌コナン

“Happy New Year” in Okinawan language

いい そーぐゎち でーびる ii sougwachi debiru In Japanese, this is more equivalent to 良い正月で御座います (yoi shougatsu de gozaimasu), rather than 明けましておめでとう御座います (akemashite omedetou gozaimasu). そーぐゎち sougwachi is 正月 shogatsu in Japanese, New Year in English.

Iheya Island 伊平屋島: Camping

Iheya Island is the northernmost inhabited island of Okinawa and renown for its natural beauty. In this post I will describe how to get there, cost, and some of the "tourist spots." This previous weekend, I convinced my husband to try camping in a tent (first time ever for him). While there was initial resistance, … Continue reading Iheya Island 伊平屋島: Camping

Sennichi: 千日

The other day I was in the Naha area, and craving a snack. And what did I come across, but this cute little place called Sennichi. They sell Okinawa soba, zenzai, shave ice, and taiyaki~ The red bean filling inside the taiyaki was perfect, and 1 piece for only 110yen! Ono! You can eat there … Continue reading Sennichi: 千日

Coffee Stand Hibari-ya: 珈琲屋台ひばり屋

An oasis in the middle of Naha's concrete jungle: Hibari-ya coffee stand. I wandered through the back alley, promising my husband a cup of coffee was waiting for him. Sure enough, we came upon what looked like someone's backyard garden. We went up to the nice lady owner in the booth and ordered 2 iced … Continue reading Coffee Stand Hibari-ya: 珈琲屋台ひばり屋

Coffee Specialist Nietzsche: 珈琲専科にーちぇ

珈琲 koohii: coffee Another day, another coffee. This time I ventured to another retro kissaten (coffeeshop) in Naha, called Nietzsche. There is free parking in 2 spots: behind the shop (2 spaces), and in the park across the way (16 spaces). It is very cute and inviting on the outside, very spacious inside with 2 floors. … Continue reading Coffee Specialist Nietzsche: 珈琲専科にーちぇ

Cafe detox felicidad

This small yet popular cafe is located in Itoman, not too far from the Ashibinaa outlets area. They offer raw food, vegan and gluten-free menu choices. They also have a vegan/gluten-free sweets counter for takeout. There is a parking lot next to the building, park in the spaces labelled for the cafe. The inside of … Continue reading Cafe detox felicidad

Camino de Arab: カミーノ・デ・アラブ

Again, my coffee and cute cafe addiction cannot be curbed. This charming cafe is located in Urasoe, and there are some parking spaces in front of the shop. I went here after seeing some pictures on social media-- and wow, this was indeed a good place to try out. Inside is bright and cheerful with … Continue reading Camino de Arab: カミーノ・デ・アラブ