Sango Batake is a nice stopover while you are in the area, maybe checking out Yomitan Gala or one of the other things nearby. It would probably take you about 30 minutes to walk through there and the nice jetty out front. The folks that run it seem very committed, and I support their mission of restoring coral reefs. It is also something different to see and actually learn something about the situation of the coral surrounding Okinawa.
Please note that during the coronavirus, they have closed the facility to visitors. So it would be good to call ahead to make sure they are open if you want to stop by.
I love gyoza. When it is time to eat gyoza I come here, no questions about it. They serve great gyoza in quantities that will keep me stuffed. They have other items as well as gyoza-lots of other stuff. And the price is reasonable a well. I've done takeout many a time for an easy dinner at home.
We had never eaten curry until we moved to Okinawa and this specific Indian curry is our absolute favorite! We love the butter chicken curry. Even our kids (10&6) love it here! I can’t do spicy as much but I love that we can choose the spice level. They even have delivery especially during the pandemic lockdowns.
We grabbed some burgers and fries for take out today and were impressed by the delicious flavor, quick service, and friendly and nice environment. We didn’t realize there was outside seating so next time we plan to come and eat there. The building inside and outside was pretty cute too! Will definitely go back!
I'll agree with the description that this place is not fancy. But Tabata seems to have all I need for the simple repairs around the house that I attempt. And have you noticed how many strange things Japanese products have? For example, that water spigot for the hose outside has no threads?!? Well, there is a fixture to mount on the thread-less spigot in order to connect the hose. It's that kind of thing that you can get here.
This was a good family lunch. I love okonomiyaki, my kids love monjayaki. So we ordered them both. There are lots of flavors/ingredient combinations to choose from. Even though we didn't do the all you can eat, the price was still very good. Plenty of parking, so that's not an issue. The staff was friendly and even prepared my okonomiyaki for me (even though you can do it by yourself if you want). I'd go again.
This is a large, clean and pleasant movie theater. Very on-par with movie theaters in the US (probably even cleaner than US theaters!) I saw Star Wars IX here on opening day, and I am a bit disappointed I saw no one else in costume (ok, my "costume" was a Millennium Falcon T-shirt from long ago, but at least I made an effort!). My kids saw probably every thing else here that came out. The attached Rycom shopping mall is an added bonus because you can make a whole day out of coming here (some shopping, some eating, some movie watching). Snacks in the theater are ok (I'm satisfied as long as they serve popcorn). Overall, recommend this place to watch your movies.
My children have been at OCSI for a year (mostly pre-COVID, but also with COVID). I recommend the school highly due to the personal attention and focus given by the teachers. No one gets lost here for sure. The curriculum is American school based, so it made for an easy fit when we moved to Okinawa. Not all Americans on Island can place their children in the DOD schools. If you find yourself in that situation, don't panic. OCSI is a perfectly viable option.
As far as COVID goes, there is a lot of remote learning set up and it was managed fairly well so far. Hopefully they will be able to proceed with in-school learning when possible.
One suggestion is that the school should have more activities and sports.
I've been here a lot of times, and I'm always pleased when I go. It is not a fancy place, but is still great to get my sushi fix. My favorite to order is the maguro-don (minced tuna bowl) which I always eat on the patio overlooking the harbor. (OK, when the summer heat is too much, I do opt to sit inside the aircon, but always at a table that looks out over the harbor.) I also like how the products sold here support local fishermen. More sustainable? Maybe. But I like to support the little guys as much as I can instead of the giant predator fisher-fleets.
Main Place is a decent mall. Its big enough with enough different shops to find what you need quickly, or spend an afternoon. One of the main reasons to go to a mall in Okinawa is to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning. This mall has that covered. It is no longer as new or as big as some of the other malls on Okinawa, but it still fits its purpose and makes for an enjoyable visit. Easy parking on site is a plus.
This place is great if you have kids. Sure, its good for a family outing. Everyone is sure to find something they enjoy.
But even better than a family outing is to get your teenagers and their friends out of your hair and have them hang around somewhere other than where you are at. It is a great place to keep your teens diverted (or just moping around) without you around.
Ever hear your teens say they have nothing to do, or nowhere to go? Get them to Round One and set a time to pick them up. Then enjoy your own time doing anything you want.
I stopped by Kadena Immigration Branch Office to see if I was eligible for permanent residency, then at the time under a marriage visa. It was less than a 5-minute stop where they ran my information and told me that I was eligible to apply. I decided to wait until my marriage visa expired and applied for permanent residency while simultaneously putting in for a marriage visa at Naha District Immigration Office to legally stay in Japan while awaiting a decision on a permanent visa.