Kenji Oshima

Kenji Oshima

Editor-in-chief, JAPAN LOCAL (JP)

After 10+ years of magazine editorial experience Kenken joined TABI LABO, and now heads up JAPAN LOCAL (JP). Raised by parents who were both chefs, he loves eating pretty much anything.
The hidden beauty of Okinawa’s waterfalls
If there’s one leisure locale you can associate with Okinawa, it’s the island’s sandy white beaches. But not commonly known by outsiders is its lus...
5 charming points of Nichinan City
We go to all kinds of locales for our work, and sometimes we’re surprised how much more there is to explore—often leaving us with a sense of “we sh...
10 popular spots in Japan's "gateway to the tropics"
Once upon a time, Miyazaki Prefecture was a popular honeymoon destination. Beginning in the 1960s, scores of couples made it their place to visit f...
Eating the best chicken I've ever had at Sumibiyaki Sankuu
The person who showed me around Nichinan (a small city on the coast of Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu) told me two intimidating details about the rest...
For the best seafood when traveling, head to the local fish market
In Nichinan city of Miyazaki Prefecture--famous for its pole-caught katsuo (bonito)--there are any number of spots where you can find great seafood...
8 Okinawa spots with exquisite views
I wish it was summer.For those feeling the same, I'd like to introduce you to eight scenic spots in Okinawa I have encountered throughout this trip...
Hooked on a fisherman’s meal at a bonito angler’s district
Eating bonito isn’t commonplace stateside, except for maybe the flakes used as a garnish. In Japan it’s not uncommon to have the fish seared or raw...
Udo Jingu, one of three rare descending Shinto shrines
While gazing at the Pacific I walk through a cave, eventually reaching the vivid vermilion shrine. For my wishes to be granted, I throw undama (sto...
8-fingered ex-Yakuza reforms as an Okinawan folk musician, bar owner
Day 3 of my Okinawa trip coverage: Having to withdraw money from the bank, I walked into the bar a bit later than the other crew. As I went through...
120-year-old abandoned school in Japan turns into eclectic marketplace
Drive down south on Route 220 from Miyazaki city, and while traversing next to the glittering Nichinan beaches you’ll encounter (the former) Ushio ...
Traditional cooking, Edo-era lodging in a preserved castletown
"Good morning!" said a lively group of grade-school students, even bowing their heads towards me as we walked by. It's an unexpectedly polite gestu...
Man drops out of college, now run his own strawberry farm at 25
When thinking of farmers, typically you’d imagine someone older, weathered from long days spent baking in the sun, and with a stiff, salt-and-peppe...
Yuzu-flavored beer offers a taste of Nichinan microbrew
In recent years microbreweries have spread throughout Japan, thanks in part to the Japanese government easing brewing laws in 1994, with people no ...
Aburatsu hostel doubles as a sports bar, hangout spot
Hostels are typically an option born out of thrift and adventure--a place to connect with like-minded backpackers, and saving on lodgings to maximi...
Finding a cool hangout cafe in the most unexpected of places in Okinawa
Chatan is a town that sounds almost as alien to the ears of Japanese as it is to foreigners, since the “cha” and “tan” come from irregular pronunci...
Kinichi Soba takes Okinawa soba to the next level with "raw noodles"
Ramen, udon, soba are noodle staples for Japanese cuisine, but Okinawa soba has a unique historical background and flavor all its own. Using thicke...
Longevity and serving authentic Okinawan soul food for over 40 years
Okinawan local cuisine is obscure even for Japanese, and if known is an acquired taste. So when I landed in Okinawa, I wanted to have exotically Ok...
Best time to enjoy Captain Kangaroo's towering hamburger in Okinawa is 11am
One simple rule to remember when you go to Captain Kangaroo: Go there at 11am and never during lunch hours. The reasons are simple: I want be serve...
Togatsuke: A sugary taste of Okinawa's old kingdom
It’s difficult for me to choose souvenirs. After all the deliberation about what to get for my family and friends back home, I usually end up defau...