• re-food-002
    November 16, 2016

    Re: Food Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY KARI FRAZIER Those who have relocated to Okinawa with food sensitivities know first-hand how difficult the transition can be and how hard it is to find safe food! They also realize…
  • gluten-free01-lg
    November 4, 2016

    Tips for Eating Gluten Free on Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY KARI FRAZIER     click photo for source Moving to a new country can be daunting for even the most adventurous of spirits, but when you have food allergies or sensitivities,…
  • Kastahamandad
    September 21, 2016

    Kastahamandap: Nepalese Spice Kitchen

    Editor's Note: Kastahamandap Nepal Spice Kitchen was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on April 29, 2009; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The post below is an updated take…
  • Yakiniku King 10
    March 9, 2016

    Yakiniku King

    CONTRIBUTED BY KARI F. If you've been in Japan for very long, you will probably have heard about yakiniku. If you're new to Japanese cuisine, yakiniku is translated as "grilled meat" and refers to…
  • The Healing Space | Okinawa hai!
    September 18, 2015

    The Healing Space

      CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY BUREK About a year after I arrived in Okinawa I was overwhelmed by shopping off base, especially for natural products and health remedies. Of course, I could order some…
  • Buying Milk in Okinawa | Okinawa Hai!
    March 23, 2015

    Buying Milk in Okinawa 牛乳 (Gyuu Nyuu)

    CONTRIBUTED BY CAROLYN SCHAAB Buying milk in a Japanese grocery store can be intimidating if you have never done it before. Many of you may have noticed already that Google translate does not always…
  • Cooking Local: Shikuwasa Gingerade
    June 9, 2014

    Cooking Local: Shikuwasa Gingerade

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI It’s called an Okinawan lime, but I think it’s much tastier than lime. If limes and tangerines had a teeny tiny little baby, it would be named shikuwasa. I just had…
  • pickled_ginger_ginger_jar1-450x450
    November 4, 2013

    Cooking Local: Pickled Ginger

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI I’m on a pickling spree this week! I love pickled ginger, or gari as it’s called in Japanese, and usually ask for extra of it when we go out for sushi. I’ve almost…
  • kabochaicecream1-450x450
    October 1, 2013

    Cooking Local: Kabocha Ice Cream

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI Kabocha (カボチャ)is a type of winter squash, sometimes called a Japanese Pumpkin. Even though it’s called a winter squash, it ripens during the summer. Due…
  • Complex-Spa-Massage_Room1
    June 19, 2013

    Complex Spa

    CONTRIBUTED BY KAY MILLS     Unfortunately, my last two weeks in Okinawa were spent preparing for our move to Misawa; you know, the paper work, organizing the move, changing the mailing address,…
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