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Taimo (taro) Pie: 田いもパイ

田芋 or 田いも taimo: type of taro パイ pai: "pie" in romaji In Nakagusuku village there is a small shop called Nakatomi Kashi-ten なかとみ菓子店  (Nakatomi sweets shop) that specializes in taimo pie. You can often find them selling their small fried pies at food events on the island or visit their shop. The shop is on … Continue reading Taimo (taro) Pie: 田いもパイ

Personal Seals: Hanko 判子 and Inkan 印鑑

Hanko 判子: refers to the actual physical seal Inkan 印鑑: refers to the ink Hanko and inkan are "personal seals" or "stamps"; the terms seem to be used interchangeably among native speakers, so I would not be too concerned about which word to use when. Since many other articles discuss these, I won't get into all the details … Continue reading Personal Seals: Hanko 判子 and Inkan 印鑑

A Happy Pancake: 幸せパンケーキ

幸せパンケーキ shiawase pancake literally means "happy pancake"... it is the name of a very popular pancake chain started in Osaka (also with locations in Tokyo), known for their incredibly fluffy pancakes, keeping up the Japanese trending love for pancakes. Very recently, they opened a cafe in Okinawa, on Senaga-jima 瀬長島 in the Umikaji Terrace ウミカジテラス. I … Continue reading A Happy Pancake: 幸せパンケーキ

35 Coffee: Coffee that supports Coral Conservation

35 can be pronounced "san" (3) + "go" (5). サンゴ sango is also the word for "coral." So 35 coffee is actually pronounced sango coffee (not thirty-five coffee); it is a brand of coffee in Okinawa that supports coral research and conservation, making it a very eco-friendly coffee! It is a decent brewed cup of … Continue reading 35 Coffee: Coffee that supports Coral Conservation

A Secret Lookout Point in Nakagusuku (& Gosamaru’s Tomb)

Recently I went to a "secret" lookout point while wandering around to find Lord Gosamaru's tomb. It is not really a secret, but it is not well-known. Probably because it is actually under construction and not all the way opened yet... ?! To explain: I was headed to Gosamaru's grave and I noticed on the … Continue reading A Secret Lookout Point in Nakagusuku (& Gosamaru’s Tomb)

Nishihara Village Wartime Underground Shelter & Nishihara War Memorial Tower

Today, on a more solemn topic, I will introduce 2 sites I happened to pass by today in Nishihara-cho. Both sites are within a very short walking distance of each other. Park at the very small and narrow lot in front of the second site next to the Nishihara town office. The first site is … Continue reading Nishihara Village Wartime Underground Shelter & Nishihara War Memorial Tower

Kunigami Historical Hiking Path: 国頭方西海道

石畳道 ishidatami michi: stone path 歴史の道 (rekishi no michi): path of history, historical path Another "Path of History?!" Yes, another historical path from the Ryukyuan era, this time located in Kunigami 国頭 district (northern part of the main island). It is part of the original National road that used to connect Shuri-jo to the northern … Continue reading Kunigami Historical Hiking Path: 国頭方西海道