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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

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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

Retro Kissaten in Okinawa: 沖縄のレトロな喫茶店

喫茶店 kissaten: traditional Japanese tearoom/coffeeshop serving drinks, sweets and light meals; often they have a nostalgic vibe as most of the shops look as if they're stuck in time. I have a thing for the retro kissaten. Something about them just feels peaceful once you step through the front door. Sure, there are tons of trendy, … Continue reading Retro Kissaten in Okinawa: 沖縄のレトロな喫茶店

Gongfu cha (Chinese tea ceremony) 工夫茶 in Okinawa

工夫茶 (Japanese spelling: kunfuucha): gongfu tea ceremony As a tea "enthusiast," I am always interested in trying any type of tea available. While in Taiwan and Shanghai, I have enjoyed gongfu "tea ceremony" on a few occasions. Recently, I began to discover that Okinawa has a few cafes that specialize in this type of tea … Continue reading Gongfu cha (Chinese tea ceremony) 工夫茶 in Okinawa

Citta: Vegan & Gluten-free snack

A new shop in Okinawa has opened up, conveniently right next to my university gate. It is called "Citta" and they specialize in vegan and gluten-free snacks, like crackers, cookies, and cakes. I went to visit this clean, bright shop the other day. The price tag is not particularly cheap, but not unreasonable considered it … Continue reading Citta: Vegan & Gluten-free snack

Dining Sumirakuen ダイニング炭楽園

We decided to try another izakaya 居酒屋 not too far from where we live. I have passed it dozens of times during the daytime, as it is close to the university. So finally we thought it was time to give it a try. Dining sumirakuen is located in Nishihara, on the corner of Rt.s 29 … Continue reading Dining Sumirakuen ダイニング炭楽園