Miso 味噌 in Okinawa, part II

Previously I made a post about a special type of miso found in Okinawa, called andansu. But this is not the only miso you will find, as you can find all the regular Japanese varieties of miso as well. Sometimes you can find locally produced miso, and other brands will be big nation-wide corporate brands … Continue reading Miso 味噌 in Okinawa, part II

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Prefectural Product Fairs

Often times there are prefecture or area product fairs that travel to Okinawa. One of the best locations to host these is the Ryubo department Palette Kumoji store in Naha, though often times you can find smaller scale fairs set up in the Aeon and SanA malls. Kyoto and Hokkaido seem to be the most … Continue reading Prefectural Product Fairs

Vegan Ramen in Okinawa

There is a place called Stripe Noodles in Chatan, Okinawa (outside of the American Village area) that serves a type of vegan ramen (in addition to several meaty ramen types, predominantly know for their "steak ramen"). This place is very Americanized and a significant majority of the customers are foreigners, especially American. It becomes obvious … Continue reading Vegan Ramen in Okinawa

Street food… in Okinawa?

Hmmm... street food in Okinawa? To be honest, this is not really much of a thing outside of matsuri (festivals); matsuri are the best times to find all these foods. There are no big street food markets or night markets like some other areas of Asia. But, there are still things I would consider street … Continue reading Street food… in Okinawa?

Okinawa All-island Eisa and Orion Beer Festival

One of the most popular natsu matsuri (summer festival) 夏祭り is the All-island Okinawa Eisa and Orion beer festival held the weekend following obon-- at least with Americans that is. Held at the Koza Sports Park, I have seen more Americans at this festival than any other. It is actually 2 festivals, coinciding with each other: … Continue reading Okinawa All-island Eisa and Orion Beer Festival

Kusatsu onsen: Food

While on a trip to Kusatsu onsen, I encountered quite a few tasty foods, so here is a look below at a few of the things I ate, in no particular order. ぬれおかき nureokaki: The best way to describe this is a grilled rice cracker skewer, with some seasonings/toppings. My husband got the spicy one … Continue reading Kusatsu onsen: Food

Kusatsu Onsen 草津温泉

Kusatsu onsen 草津温泉 in Gunma prefecture 群馬県 is one of the three famous ancient hot springs in Japan (called 三名泉 "sanmeisen," in addition to Arima Onsen in Hyogo and Gero onsen in Gifu). These hot springs are renown for healing properties, supposedly to cure a wide array of ailments. Because I am an onsen junkie, I … Continue reading Kusatsu Onsen 草津温泉

Shark?! サメ in Okinawa

Recently, my hula kumu (sensei/teacher) brought in shark meat and skins from a fishing tour she took here in the southern part of Okinawa main island. Now, admittedly, I paled a bit... killing/eating sharks can be a bit taboo in Hawaiian culture (since some people believe it may be a god or guardian spirit or … Continue reading Shark?! サメ in Okinawa

Summer Festival Food: 夏祭りの屋台

夏祭り natsu matsuri means summer festival (I wrote a little about this before). Of course, no summer matsuri is complete without the food tents, called 屋台 yatai. Most popular are probably the fried and grilled foods; some of the more "traditional" ones that I have seen in Okinawa are listed below. Just be careful not … Continue reading Summer Festival Food: 夏祭りの屋台

Miyama Shabu-shabu: 美山しゃぶしゃぶ

My husband wanted to try a shabu-shabu place for lunch. It is a chain from the mainland called Miyama Shabu-shabu. There is only 1 in Okinawa, located in the Haebaru Aeon Mall (southern part of the island). They offer a cheap lunch course for 1000-something yen, though the menu has various combinations with varying degrees … Continue reading Miyama Shabu-shabu: 美山しゃぶしゃぶ