Beer Gardens in Okinawa: ビアガーデン

ビアガーデン bia gaaden: beer garden Summer in Japan would not be complete with beer gardens. In Okinawa, there are a few around this time of year. They typically have nomihoudai 飲み放題 and tabehoudai 食べ放題 (all-you-can-drink/eat) plans. Some of these beer gardens are very popular, so it is important to get a reservation. This year, my … Continue reading Beer Gardens in Okinawa: ビアガーデン

Tanabata 七夕 & Somen そうめん

七夕 Tanabata: Japanese Star festival on July 7th (read more here). そうめん (素麺) somen: a type of noodles made of wheat flour so they are white and very thin. It is a very popular dish during summer. I wrote previously about Tanabata and how it is not *really* celebrated the same in Okinawa. But with … Continue reading Tanabata 七夕 & Somen そうめん

Otsumami: おつまみ

Otsumami おつまみ: snacks, usually to go with drinking alcohol or soft drinks. You will see these types of snacks many places, usually by the alcohol section of the grocery or convenience store. It comes from the word tsumamu つまむ, which means "to pinch" but can also mean "to pick up with fingers or chopsticks." It … Continue reading Otsumami: おつまみ

Konnyaku (konjac): こんにゃく

Konnyaku こんにゃく is also called konjac or devil's tongue in English. It is kind of a weird thing, I guess. You can find it in all shapes and sizes; from cubes to noodles. It is becoming more popular with westerners because of the "zero calorie" and high in fiber. I feel like the taste and … Continue reading Konnyaku (konjac): こんにゃく

Paikaji: ぱいかじ

I mentioned this izakaya 居酒屋 in a previous post. But Paikaji ぱいかじ is really a great place for eating and drinking, probably one of my favorites. Since it is a local chain, it has a few locations, mostly in Naha area. Luckily there is one not too far from RyuDai. By the way, the name Paikaji … Continue reading Paikaji: ぱいかじ

干し梅: Hoshi ume

干しhoshi: dried 梅 (うめ) ume: Japanese plum (supposedly more like an apricot than an actual plum) 梅干し umeboshi: plums that are dried then pickled, sometimes known as "salt plums" or just "pickled/preserved plums." It is a type of tsukemono 漬物, pickled side dish. These are in a "wet" state usually. 干し梅 hoshi ume: dried umeboshi... … Continue reading 干し梅: Hoshi ume

Yakisoba Bread: 焼きそばパン

パン pan: bread 焼きそば yakisoba: Japanese fried noodles I have previously posted about yakisoba. However, if you have gone to a convenience store in Japan, you may have noticed an interesting item called yakisoba pan (bread). Yes, I mean the hotdog bun filled with fried noodles and topped with benishouga (red pickled ginger) and nori … Continue reading Yakisoba Bread: 焼きそばパン

Kushikatsu in Okinawa: 串カツ

串カツ kushikatsu: fried skewers. I wrote previously about kushi-ya 串屋 establishments in general. Skewers of all types are fairly popular izakaya food. But Okinawa does have a few specific kushikatsu restaurants. Kushikatsu is actually considered a Kansai region food. I will introduce 2 well-known kushikatsu restaurants in Okinawa; there are some more, smaller establishments about … Continue reading Kushikatsu in Okinawa: 串カツ

AnAn Yakiniku: 安安焼肉

焼肉: grilled meat Yakiniku is popular; it is really just meat that you grill at a table in front of you. There are many of these restaurants here in Okinawa, ranging from cheap to high-end. Some are tabehoudai 食べ放題 (all you can eat) and some you buy by the plate. Yakiniku restaurants are considered "Korean food" … Continue reading AnAn Yakiniku: 安安焼肉

Japan’s Bull-Dog Sauce

Recently as I was browsing the bookstore, I came across a magazine that explained various Japanese "ways of life" for foreigners. Of course, the magazine was in Japanese, so I question exactly who this magazine was aimed at (after all, if you already speak Japanese, you are probably fairly aware of many aspects of the … Continue reading Japan’s Bull-Dog Sauce