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

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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

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

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

Shabu Shabu: しゃぶしゃぶ

しゃぶしゃぶ: shabu shabu, a style of hotpot dish. The name comes from the sound the ingredients make swishing in the pot. In Okinawa, there are a few places to try shabu shabu dining. This weekend, we found an amazing place up north. Yanbaru Dining Churashima Kitchen (YANBARU DINING 美ら島キッチン) in Motobu. It is mixed in with … Continue reading Shabu Shabu: しゃぶしゃぶ

Salmon “Jerky”: 鮭冬葉

Yesterday, my (Okinawan) friend brought something called "sake toba" 鮭冬葉 (or 鮭とば) that she found at the market (I believe Makishi in Naha) to our BBQ party. Sake 鮭 means salmon, and toba 冬葉 means swarm or flock in Ainu, an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido area. Toba is made up of the kanji for "winter" and … Continue reading Salmon “Jerky”: 鮭冬葉

Snow Monkeys and Nabe: 猿と鍋

猿 saru means "monkey." 野猿  yaen means wild monkey, meaning the wild Japanese macaque. After the New Year in January, I took a short trip to Yamanouchi (山ノ内) in Nagano prefecture (長野県) to see the snow monkeys at Jigokudani onsen 地獄谷温泉 (translation: hell valley hot springs) and yaen-kouen 野猿公苑 (wild monkey park). We stayed at … Continue reading Snow Monkeys and Nabe: 猿と鍋

Hokkaido Uoman: 北海道魚萬

北海道: Hokkaido Yesterday for lunch we went to a newly built complex made up of mostly some restaurants in Urasoe. We wanted to try this izakaya type place, called Hokkaido Uoman, which serves Hokkaido foods; it is open 24 hours, and although they have morning and lunch specials, you can order off the grand menu any time. … Continue reading Hokkaido Uoman: 北海道魚萬