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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

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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

羊羊 Yoyo An Factory: Japanese sweets confectionary

Recently, a new Japanese sweets shop has opened up in Kishaba (Kitanakagusuku, central) called Yoyo an factory. As like others, it is located in the back of a small neighborhood with narrow roads. There are hardly any signs outside the house marking it, but you will see some plain white-ish shop flags in front of … Continue reading 羊羊 Yoyo An Factory: Japanese sweets confectionary

The Kurashi Store of Hokkaido (in Okinawa)

北海道くらし百貨店: Hokkaido Kurashi Hyakkaten; basically the name of the shop translates something like "Hokkaido lifestyle and department store" I heard a rumor that Sapporo Drug (サツドラ "satsudora") on Kokusai-dori in Naha had Hokkaido craft beers. This sounded a bit odd, but it caught my interest, and honestly alcohol sold in a drugstore is not unusual. … Continue reading The Kurashi Store of Hokkaido (in Okinawa)

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