• August 15, 2016

    Lawson Station

    LAWSON STATION. CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY   Lawson Station is a well-known chain of convenience stores across Japan. Ever visited one? If not, you’re missing out. History Lawson Station actually…
  • July 18, 2016

    Kokusai Dori, Naha: A Mecca For Tourists

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Kokusai Dori (street) is a hugely popular tourist spot located in Naha, Okinawa’s capital city. The name Kokusai Dori translates to “international road”. It’s one…
  • July 11, 2016

    Exploring Aeon Malls in Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Aeon is a chain of malls found throughout Japan and Asia. They are the biggest retail operator on the continent. On Okinawa, they are spread throughout the prefecture,…
  • November 4, 2015

    The Set Table

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELSEY HUGHES I stumbled upon The Set Table accidentally when a friend of mine offered me her meal for the week. The meal she ordered: "Sesame Crusted Tuna with Ginger Lime Vinaigrette"…
  • Sushi-Making Class with Nao | Okinawa Hai!
    March 9, 2015

    Sushi-Making Class With Nao

    CONTRIBUTED BY GRAZIA SANNA Many foreigners would agree with me if I said that Japanese cuisine is a very tasty and special one – definitely one that lots of people from several parts of Europe…
  • Yuugao - Okinawan Bottle Gourd Curry l Okinawa Hai!
    July 7, 2014

    Cooking Local: Yuugao – Okinawan Bottle Gourd Curry

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI I saw this huge green vegetable, with a sticker price of around $1.75, and decided that I must learn to like this, based on the price alone. I stood there in the middle…
  • Kabocha Squash Thai Curry l Okinawa Hai!
    June 30, 2014

    Cooking Local: Kabocha Squash Thai Curry

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI Kabocha (カボチャ) is a winter squash, but it’s often called Japanese pumpkin. I remember seeing it occasionally in the states, but never tried it until we came…
  • Cooking Local: Mashed Beni Imo l Okinawa Hai!
    June 23, 2014

    Cooking Local: Mashed Beni Imo

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI Beni imo (紅いも) may be my most favorite thing about living on Okinawa. Seriously, I love this ‘tater! It’s like a sweet potato, but has lovely vanilla notes.…
  • Goya Salad 8 Ways l Okinawa Hai!
    June 16, 2014

    Cooking Local: Goya Salad 8 Ways

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI So, goya is available here in Okinawa during the summer. Guess what it’s good for? Cooling. The bitter taste of this fruit is especially great to combat the heat. Goya…
  • 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…
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