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

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.

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

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

Setsubun festivals in Okinawa: 節分祭

節分: Setsubun 祭: festival In a previous post, I talked a little about Setsubun, the bean-scattering ceremony. This year, I went to the setsubun-sai (festival) at Naminoue Shrine, which is held on February 3rd. It was a grey and cloudy day, with a bit of a chill. My husband and I parked the car a … Continue reading Setsubun festivals in Okinawa: 節分祭

New Year’s Eve in Okinawa : 大晦日

大晦日 oomisoka: New Year's eve **in Okinawa language it is pronounced “toushinuyuruu” とぅしぬゆるー New year's eve in Okinawa is a bit different from the mainland. Overall, there are less temples and shrines in Okinawa than in the mainland (not only, this but historically there are some differences in religion), so visiting at the stroke of … Continue reading New Year’s Eve in Okinawa : 大晦日

Christmas Tea Ceremony: クリスマス茶会

茶会 chakai: a tea "gathering," a more informal tea ceremony. クリスマス kurisumasu: Christmas Recently I had the good fortune to attend a chaikai 茶会 here in Okinawa. The location was at Shoufuuen 松風苑 in Haebaru 南風原 (southern part of the island), the birthplace of Ultraman ウルトラマン (hometown of Tetsuo Kinjo, scriptwriter)! The theme of the … Continue reading Christmas Tea Ceremony: クリスマス茶会

Sogen-ji Temple Ruins in Okinawa

Recently, I came upon a rather interesting place in Naha, just above the north side of Kokusai-dori 国際通り. It seemed like mysterious entrance gates from the outside... so I decided to look further. It is on the site of a public park, Sogen-ji park. Sogen-ji 崇元寺 (perhaps also written as Sohgenji, Sogenji, or Sougenji) was … Continue reading Sogen-ji Temple Ruins in Okinawa

Culture Day: 文化の日

文化 bunka: culture 文化の日 bunka-no-hi: Culture Day In Japan, on November 3rd is "Culture Day," a national public holiday. In our village, there was a culture celebration held the following weekend. Various village products were promoted, and people did various types of performances at the local auditorium. Not just our village, many many surrounding towns … Continue reading Culture Day: 文化の日