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Goya Day isn't necessarily a holiday in Okinawa. However, it's the recognition of a traditional fruit grown in Okinawa, goya. While being classified as such, most outside of Asian countries wouldn't believe so as it is bitter in taste; it's known more widely around the world as bitter melon. Goya is a staple of many Okinawan dishes as you can cook—or even order—a lot of traditional foods prepared with it. The most popular that you'll find on a menu is goya chanpuru. Though, it can be found...
If you have tried to plan out your trip to Okinawa, Japan around any May, you have probably heard of this largest Japanese holiday called Golden Week. Golden Week consists of a series of four national holidays which are Showa Day (Apri 29), Constitution Day (May 3), Green Day (May 4), and Children's Day (May 5). Amongst those, the Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) is very well known so today I would like to tell you what it's about. Children's Day was originally called Tango no Sekku, which...
Hand sanitizers and masks are at high demand but yet have a very low supply if any, wherever you go. Whether you're lucky enough to get on base or have to shop off base, there's a shortage of all the necessities on the frontline for the battle against COVID-19. This leaves most to rely on just the alcohol going in and out of establishments followed by proper handwashing to protect themselves from coming into contact with coronavirus while out and about. However, Tadataka Sake Brewing Co...
NAHA -- Naha Airport will open its second runway on March 26, 2020, making it the sixth airport in Japan with more than two runways. The runway is 2700 meters in length and 66 meters in width. The expansion of the airport of the new runway touted a new control tower. The tower stands at a height of 88 meters, making it the second tallest air control tower in Japan, next to Haneda Airport. Construction of the new runway began in 2014—taking nearly six years to complete—costing ¥207.4...
As you go into a supermarket from the end of February to the beginning of March, you see a lot of pretty pink colored snacks being sold. They often come in a bag with a drawing of two people. These are called ‘hina-ningyo’ or ‘hina dolls’ which are observed for the doll festival that is for girls, celebrated in Japan every March 3rd. In Japan, families with a daughter(s) display a set of beautiful hina dolls on a tier of five or seven shelves to celebrate and pray for their healthy...
It doesn't matter which side of the world that you came from to get to Okinawa, loving to watch movies is something that most of us have in common. I know some people love to watch TV in their homes in a totally comfortable atmosphere. However, I believe a lot would still rather go to the theater where they can watch it on a huge screen, emersed in the action. "But the movies are so expensive!" That's the first thing that comes to my mind, especially when our kids nag us to take them to...
If you have one or more children that constantly need your attention, and especially if their ages are apart, you might have been exhausted every single day trying to figure out what could tire them out. But that was till yesterday! I always wished that there had been a place that could satisfy both of my kids, having two children whose ages are 8 years apart myself. So today, I am introducing you to this amazing park located very south. It's in Itoman, Okinawa, but worth the drive: Peace...
Looking for the official timeline of COVID-19 infections in Okinawa instead? → NAHA -- The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has appeared in Okinawa. On February 14, 2020, Okinawa Prefecture confirmed that a female taxi driver in her late 60s living in the prefecture was infected. This is the first confirmation of the virus appearing in Okinawa. The taxi driver guided passengers who had disembarked the Diamond Princess—the cruise ship that has 174 known cases to...
Naha Police in Okinawa Prefecture has arrested a United States Marine Corps Corporal stationed at Camp Hansen for allegedly stealing a bicycle parked on the sidewalk in the Asahimachi District of Naha City. The arrest of the alleged suspect took place on January 19, 2020, around 1645. It was dialed into 110 and reported by a witness at the time. The bike is said to have a current market value of 15,000 yen and belongs to a part-time worker. The alleged suspect was under the influence of...
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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 at your own table! Monjayaki is often compared to okonomiyaki. However, there is a distinct difference between the...
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