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Here's a quick question for you to answer: Have you ever heard of or tried monjayaki before? If the answer to that was no, then this is a must-read for you! While sushi is known to be the most famous Japanese food, monjayaki—often called monja—has become very popular amongst tourists recently. Once you try it, you'll find out how flavorful and fun it is as it can be cooked your own at your table! Monjayaki is often compared to okonomiyaki. However, there is a distinct difference between...
If you've spent any time on social media, you've no doubt seen people posing with ornate or colorful mural wings. The Global Angel Wings Project was created in 2012 "to remind humanity we are the angels of this Earth." Founder Colette Miller has painted wings all over the world since the project inception. Okinawa is, fortunately, one of the locations as of 2017! Ms. Millers' artwork is found in American Village, on the 3rd floor of the Depot Island Building. They are on a balcony to the...
Ironically, this site first went live on this day in 2018, and, besides describing what great features we had to provide to registered users and visitors alike on that day, not much else happened. Since then, we've immensely grown over 2019 and have experienced and shared quite a lot of unique things about Okinawa. Here is Okinawa.Org's Year-End Review: We have to start this off with our first blog post, not because it was our first, but because it'll help you navigate temples and shrines...
When the last day of the year comes in Okinawa, many get ready to celebrate for the new year in various ways. Some may prepare to attend the Mabuni Fire and Bell Festival to wish for peace, others stay home and watch telecasts of countdowns in Tokyo or go out and celebrate with friends and family, and some may even go to bed early, to possibly attend the first sunrise in Okinawa at Nakagusuku Castle. However, there's one customary tradition that most Okinawans don't forget to do: It's to...
This article applies to those who work on base and are unable to see a doctor due to priority levels but is intended more for expats. So, either way, don't totally dismiss this important information about medical care off base as you may have a family member visit that needs medical treatment (medicine specifically). All doctors aren't created equal in Japan, this most likely applies to ones in the States as well as around the world too. That is most likely why you often hear the phrase...
Looking for something fun to do this morning before possibly going out to enjoy a wonderful Saturday afternoon in Okinawa? So are millions of other people around the world. Today is the 21st of December, which might not mean much to most, except it finally being one day closer to getting able to frantically rip those Christmas gifts that have been sitting under the tree since Black Friday open. However, December 21st marks the birth of the crossword puzzle. The invention of the crossword...
There have been a lot of new places built for tourists in Okinawa lately. However, I believe Kokusai Street (Kokusai Dori; International Street) is the first thing that most tourists tend to visit while here. So, I thought I would give some useful information on the exciting tourist destinations today. Kokusai Street is located within a 10-minute drive from Naha Airport and stretches roughly 2 kilometers. If you are driving, paid parking lots are plentiful and located around the area but...
Kokusai Street Norengai, a newly renovated building that opened in the previous "Goodwill Town" building doesn't officially open all restaurants and shops until December 16, 2019 and until some time in February 2019. Though, if you happen to be on Kokusai Street on the night of December 15, 2019, there will be 7 stores open that serve anything from drinks, fried chicken, with a quinte yakiniku, and traditional Okinawan foods to bottled awamori, Japanese sake, and even whiskey. Their...
We're giving away a good portion of our earnings here at Okinawa.Org this week to two lucky winners, early enough to enjoy spending it on Black Friday fighting over that new toaster that you really didn't need in the first place with a random stranger at the PX. Both parties will receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card, a Navy Federal Credit Union transfer, or $20 through PayPal—whichever is the preferred method. The commenter will be selected on November 28, 2019, at 2000 and both will be...
Have you ever experienced having a hard time finding a supermarket while traveling in Okinawa as you're not quite sure what to look for? Maybe that's when you're driving from Naha airport to north for places such as Churaumi Aquarium, and you want to make a stop for a light snack. Although there are numerous buildings and all the signs look the same, if you already know what local stores look like and what they sell, you won't have to waste your time trying to find one. So, here are five...
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