Fresh Japanese Tiger Prawns

Tamaya is a Japanese Tiger Prawn restaurant, operated by the prawn farm in Ginoza. Japanese Tiger Prawn is a close relative of black tiger.  Very firm and crunchy in texture and very sweet in flavor because it’s richer in Umami components than other shrimps.  It’s a very sensitive and fragile species.  They are so hard to raise that the […]

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Black curry and skewered fries

On the backstreet near the Makishi public market in Naha is Nuji Bonbon Kushi.   Nuji Bonbon Kushi is the second location of a very popular restaurant in Naha, called Nuji Bonbon Z.   This second restaurant features their signature Black Curry Rice and skewered fries.   The interior isn’t really presented in integrity, just like the first […]

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Heart-warming brunch

Ploughman’s Lunch Bakery is a very popular and a very high-quality bakery cafe in Kitanakagusuku. We had an old friend visiting the island.  We took her there for a brunch on the way to the airport.   This is the first sign you see.  Park you car to the left and walk to the cafe on […]

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Offal Hot Pot Dining

“Nabe” means a pot in Japanese. It also refers to a Japanese dining style where you have one hot pot cooking in the center and everybody shares it. Motsu Nabe, Offal Nabe is a modern invention started in Fukuoka. Ripalo is the specialized old-house restaurent for Offal Nabe.   It’s off Route 58 near Kadena […]

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Food is energy wave

The little vegan cafe Shizen Inu is located in the residential area on the Yomitan side of Hija river.   I don’t even remember how I managed to get there.   Very little cute signs here and there.  So easy to miss.   Very simple menu.   Vegan lunch plate. Vegan cake. Decafe. Black sugar […]

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Chilling out with soft serve

In the corner of farmer’s market in Ginoza is Cream Cream. A little soft serve ice cream shop using local fresh milk with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.   It’s always amazing to see the variety of people who’s fond of this little shop.  From little kids to the aged.  From local to visitors, international tourists. […]

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Chinese dim sum buffet

It’s not known much, but Kanucha Resort has chinese dim sum buffet only on weekends. And it’s surprisingly JPY2000 (JPY2160 with tax).   In about 30-minute drive off the exit of Ginoza on R331, you see Kanucha Resort opening the gate on your right.   The chinese restaurant is in the club house of the […]

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Our favorite Thai

Aridoi is our favorite Thai food in Okinawa.  Located near Route 329 in Okinawa-shi.   The owner is a certified chef by Thai government.   The simple soup is served to everyone.  Simple and gentle taste with mushrooms and Japanese radish.   Khao Phad Gai, chicken fried rice.  Fluffy Thai rice seasoned with Nam Pla, […]

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Our Usual

If you want to try Japanese home cooking, Umiyuri is one of the places you should come. Hearty homey everyday meals.   Umiyuri is located in the deep Kadena. It’s supposed to be Asian fusion cuisine, but I think it’s really the kind of food that Japanese people have at home.  The mother cooking. Japanese home cooking […]

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A hidden bakery

Your iphone may be able to lead your way here.  But from here you have to find it with your own eyes. Do you see a bakery?   There’s a sign!  But can’t really read it. You can smell it in the air, though.   There’s a door! It says “open” and “welcome”, but nothing […]

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The sausage and shrimps

We went out with Yuyu’s parents who were visiting the island. Her father’s call, “Let’s go to see Kato.”  He loves the sausages here.  Her mother wanted some seafood.   2 cheeses of our choice.   Our usual.  Chicken liver mousse and pork pate. Liver is fresh, no bloody smell, seasoned with nice flavorful liquor.  Pork pate has been […]

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Bakery that opens once a week

Believe it or not, there’s a bakery which opens only on Saturdays in Ginoza. Open once a week! Yea, that’s it.   Gallivant Bakery.  Right on R329 in Ginoza.   Opens at 11:00 now.  (It used to open 9:00 before) There’s always a waiting line at the open time.  Some fans travel on the expressway to […]

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