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

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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

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

Mushrooms: きのこ

きのこ (hiragana), キノコ (katakana), as well as possible kanji 茸, 菌, or 蕈: all pronounced KINOKO... means mushroom! There are many types of mushrooms you can find in the grocery stores and farmers markets of Okinawa... pretty much all of them are delicious. Here is a short list which I will update later with some … Continue reading Mushrooms: きのこ

Book cafe&hall ゆかるひ: Making “oyaki”

oyaki おやき: a style of dumplings from Nagano prefecture I went to a workshop organized by a company called "Table Watch"--- to learn how to make dumplings from an Okinawan obaachan, Yaka-san. Oyaki is a traditional Nagano food. The Book cafe&hall Yukaruhi is located on the 3rd floor of the Yaka Building in Naha (Yaka-san's … Continue reading Book cafe&hall ゆかるひ: Making “oyaki”

New Year’s Foods in Okinawa

osechi-ryouri 御節料理: New Year's cuisine Previously I posted some basic info about New Year's celebrations in Okinawa. But this is all about the food, so let's talk food. The grocery aisles are lined with various important foods on display, many of which may not be too familiar to foreigners. In this modern day you will … Continue reading New Year’s Foods in Okinawa

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

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

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