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Well, Orion Beer released their WATTA chuhai brand on May 14, 2019 and I was determined then to give them a try. However, each store I visited that day had already sold out. In fact, I've heard rumors of some supermarkets selling them the day before their official release, which explained the empty shelves when I sought them out! But alas, tonight while making my routine stop at Family Mart on my dog walk, I saw that they were finally stocked to the brim with Orion WATTA Relax, WATTA...
Looking for a day outdoors of fun-filled play and discovery for the whole family? Treehouse Adventure Playground in Urasoe is just what you may be looking for! Not only does the place have a gorgeous playground to have your little ones play, but it's also for adults to embark on a little discovery of their own. Treehouse Adventure Playground is right next to Urasoe Park which is a massive park with open play fields to let the kids play and run around. Additionally, there are many walking...
On the morning of May 16, 2019, at 11 a.m., the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory made an announcement that it is believed that Okinawa has officially entered this year's rainy season. This season comes 7 days later than normal but 16 days earlier than the previous year. However, it was delayed from the beginning of the rainy season in the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture, an island approximately 375 kilometers (233 miles) northeast of Okinawa, that began on May 14. The region of...
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I believe that most people traveling or getting stationed overseas are interested in local cuisine. However, sometimes it is hard to find places to get good local food other than the ones introduced in magazines. These places tend to not only be packed with tourists but can also be very pricey as well. To experience real local food, you don't have to look for a fancy restaurant. Try a shokudo! Shokudos are everywhere in Okinawa. These casual restaurants serve a good portion of local...
Orion Beer has officially entered the chuhai market with its release of the Watta brand. The Watta brand seeks to stay true to Okinawa by employing traditional and local flavors whilst embracing the drinking culture and allowing those that cannot drink beer to indulge in chuhais instead. In their initial debut, they put out three flavors. They are: Watta Relax which is a 4% alc. by volume shikuwasa flavor; Watta Strong, a 9% alc. by volume shikuwasa and mixed fruits flavor; and Watta...
Guide: Cost Scale per person ¥ : 100-999 ¥ ¥ : 1000-1999 ¥ ¥ ¥ : 2000+ Location North: Kin to Hedo Point Central: Ginowan to Ishikawa South: Urasoe to Itoman Hopefully, you have had a chance to get out and see some things. If you are still looking for things to do or just need to take a break from the same playgrounds, here are some ideas that should be friendly on the wallet. Friendly Reminders Always carry Yen, water, camera, sunscreen, and bug spray when exploring. Take your trash...
Today marks the beginning of the longest Golden Week for the first time in Japan's history which will greatly affect business throughout Okinawa. April 29th and May 3rd to May 6th were already designated as holidays in 2019 to make up Golden Week. These days are Shōwa Day, a day that honors the birthday of Emperor Shōwa; Constitution Memorial Day, a celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan; Greenery Day that was once regarded as Shōwa's birthday but has since been...
Many of us like to spend the weekend or special nights having our favorite drinks outside the house. Whether you’re single, newlywed with or without kids, or you just want to go out with your children while your significant other is away, there's a lively place for everyone to equally enjoy the night. Okinawa izakayas You have probably come across many of these along the streets. They offer an amusing space along with various kinds of alcohol and good food. While restaurants are mainly...
Spring break is upon us. Finally, there's a reprieve from the weekly madness of waking up kids, fighting over outfits, shoving homework in the bag, and rushing to the bus. Whew. But by Tuesday you'll most likely be over the door banging from the rushing in and out, the constant requests for snacks, sibling fighting, and general chaos that comes with kids. Sorry, we can't relieve you of your kids, but we can give you ideas for places to go that won't break the bank and will get you out of...
Ever wake up thinking, "What should we do today?" I don't know about you but this is a constant question that comes to mind when planning our family's weekend adventures. Chipping away at our bucket list of things-to-do in Okinawa. I personally had no idea about this place called Bios no Oka. I saw an advertisement for it during one of my outings and saw they had a boot tour. I was instantly sold. What is "Bios no Oka"? "Bios" means "life" in Greek. Bios no Oka is a subtropical forest...
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