OKINAWA

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...
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...
Bacar, an Okinawa restaurant where servers run to bring you piping hot authentic pizza
When a local connection first introduced Bacar to me, I couldn’t conjure much excitement. Pizza in Okinawa, of all places?Plus, in an age where we’...
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...
Head to yakiniku BBQ Baka Ichidai to get stupid stuffed in Okinawa
Hey yakiniku lovers out there—I have a perfect solution for those nights when you feel like letting it all go. Because sometimes, there's nothing w...
Kurousagi's goya chanpuru challenges Okinawan fast food culture
Following the Second World War, Western-influence into Okinawan food is undeniable. According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, "U.S food p...
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...
Cafe Subaco embodies the chill Okinawan life.
I dreamed of working remotely from here.Cafe Subaco is at top of the hill of Kitanakaguson, a small town known for its residences resembling someth...
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...
Okinawan Awamori liquor harkens back to forgotten Ryukyu glory
Awamori Warehouse is a membership-based bar in Naha city exclusively serving Awamori, a unique Okinawan distilled liquor with a 600-year history. B...
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...
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...
Forget coin lockers: Store luggage in a cafe while sightseeing in Japan with ecbo cloak
There's nothing more stressful than going sightseeing with a giant piece of luggage in hand.It's slightly more tolerable when you're in an area tha...
These beachside Airbnb rentals in Japan have stunning ocean views
Tourists often visit Japan during summer to experience cultural traditions in major cities, like the Obon festival or firework festivals. But it’s ...
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...