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Are you looking for the best place to buy groceries in Kadena town here in Okinawa? Then Navel Kadena is your next destination! I shop there regularly to find some of the best deals on-island and to take in its captivating vibe. Let’s explore what makes it so charming, and how you can enjoy the good vibes while saving money. The Farmer’s Market You’ve probably heard of the farmer’s market at Navel Kadena. But hearing about it is different from experiencing it. The selection of vegetables is...
Miyako Island Miyako Island is a hidden gem in the southern Ryuku island chain. It is only about 60 square miles and has a population of around 46,000. It is easy to get to (a short 50-minute flight from Naha Airport in Okinawa) and is a very affordable vacation spot with inexpensive rental cars (reserve ahead of time especially if you’re going during a Japanese holiday) and lots of places to stay along the coastline from 5-star luxury resorts to low-cost condos. Yonaha Beach Once...
My arms and back burned as I kept a tight grip on the rod, fighting the fish in the water below. While I labored to hold on, the deckhand slashed toward the water with a hook attached to a long pole called a gaff. The fish he pulled up was about a foot and half long, silver and yellow with vacant eyes. In a swift motion, the soon-to-be separated Marine reached a hand into its gills and bled it (to make the fish taste better), then flung its flopping body into a giant cooler filled with icy...
I took a week-long vacation to Ishigaki Island in April. My experience was restorative and allowed me to explore the entire island from upscale restaurants to its verdant mountain peaks and tranquil bays. Here are some of the highlights from that wonderful trip you can use to inform your own travels. Fly to Ishigaki Island Ishigaki has a Hawaiian vibe, minus the traffic and insane prices. After a brief 55-minute flight from Naha, my wife and I landed at the New Ishigaki Airport. Opened...
Coronavirus in Okinawa It's been one year since the first Covid infection was confirmed in Okinawa. The virus was first seen in a taxi driver that had contact with Diamond Princess passengers when it disembarked in Naha. From then, it spread to thousands of locals Japanese nationals and nearly one-thousand U.S. military personnel. Okinawa has 8042 cases of coronavirus infections by local citizens and 940 by U.S. military-related personnel. There have also been 101 deaths associated with...
December 15, 2020, was the coldest in Okinawa this winter with the lowest temperature of the season recorded at 19 of the 25 observation points in the prefecture. Kunigami Village, the most northern area of the main island that makes up Okinawa, incurred the coldest temperature of 11.6 °C (52.9°F) at 0655. Tokashiki Village, located on an island approximately 26 kilometers (16 miles) due west of Naha Airport, recorded a temperature of 12.9°C (55.2°F) which is 2.5°C lower than normal. Naha...
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This is a Japanese curry rice chain restaurant very popular with Americans. Back in my Navy days, it was very common to overhear sailors talking about starting off a night on the town by eating CoCo Ichibanya curry. Everybody seemed to love it. Thinking upon that now, I can understand why. CoCo Ichibanya gives western customers just about everything they want in a restaurant experience. High levels of convenience, great taste (and a great smell too, according to their motto), as well as the...
Thanks to social media, the recent boom in plant-based meats and dairy alternatives are surely catching attention. Millions of people worldwide are making the switch to a vegan lifestyle. According to The Vegan Society, "The number of vegans in America grew by 600% from nearly 4 million in 2014 to 19.6 million in 2017." So, while finding vegan products in grocery stores across Europe and the Americas are commonplace, how about Okinawa? I had the unique opportunity to be both a meat-eater...
The Haebaru Town Central Community Center has a flowerbed that is planted with around 700 red spider lilies (Lycoris radiata). They are currently in full bloom before entering Autumn Equinoctial Week (September 19, 2020 – September 25, 2020). The flowers provide for a beautiful crimson color to the surrounding area and attract many butterflies. Red spider lilies is a plant in the Amaryllidaceae family. They stand approximately 50 to 70 centimeters in height without any branches, leaves, or...
By September 11, 2020, Okinawa Regional Customs had 16 cases of illegal drugs caught at Naha International Airport and other ports of entry in the first half of the year, reporting from January to June. This is a decrease of 38% from the same period the previous year. Japan Customs reports that one of the main factors of lower drug seizures rate in Okinawa is due to the fact that international flights and cruise ships have been canceled since February due to the prevalence of the new...
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