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Minami Farmer’s Market – Nakagusuku Farm

CONTRIBUTED BY CALYN PAQUIN Minami Exterior Buying fruits and vegetables makes me feel good because I don’t seem to feed my family enough of it. Since...

Nani Kore? Green Papaya

CONTRIBUTED BY SARRA MCMILLAN Green Papaya Even though I have been living in Okinawa for 2 years, there are still moments where I am struck with...

Nani Kore? Shikwasa: Seven Ways to Use, Part II

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY ZENKEWICH Last week, Kelly started her list of seven great ways to use up those millions of little shikwasa that can be...

Nani Kore? Shikwasa: Seven Ways to Use, Part I

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY ZENKEWICH shikwasa01 In September at the supermarket I noticed shikwasas available in large amounts, for very low prices. Their harvest season is normally...

Cooking Local: Spicy Tuna Rolls

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FILLMAN Spicy Sauce Ingredients Inexpensive, delicious and fun! My husband and I tried some of the local sushi the other night at Sushi Zen,...

Cooking Local: Temaki-zushi (hand-rolled sushi)

CONTRIBUTED BY JULIE WOOLERY One of the greatest things about living in Japan is that you don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant to...

Cooking Local: Yakisoba

CONTRIBUTED BY MEGAN PARKER One of my very favorite Japanese foods is yakisoba.  For one, it’s just a fun word to say.  Yakisoba, yakisoba, yakisoba!...

Japanese Food Books

CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID At the ripe old age of 40, I finally started carrying a purse.  My previous reasoning for just jamming a wallet...

Cooking Local: Miso Soup

CONTRIBUTED BY PENNY VAN HEERDEN My two-year-old daughter loves miso soup and even enjoys the seaweed.  As she can sometimes be full of nonsense about...

Nani Kore? Hechima

I was so excited to receive this post from Penny because Hechima is the one common Okinawa veggie that I've never figured out how...

Organic and Natural Shop – Tenbusu

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON Looking for a local shop that supplies organic food staples? Well, you’re in luck. One afternoon I was driving along in Okinawa...

Nani Kore? Beni-imo & Okinawan Yams

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA Guess which one is purple inside?? Hard to tell from the outside, eh?  These two tubers are abundantly available on Okinawa.  One...

Nani Kore? Egg Fruit and Passion Fruit

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA It's fruit time again! I'm a delayed gratification girl, so I'll start with a fruit I'm a bit ambivalent about.  But it's...

Nani Kore? Custard Apples and Wax Apples

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA And you thought you knew what an apple was??? Two different apples to tell you about today!  The first is called a...

Nani Kore? Starfruit and Kumquats

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA It takes me about two and a half minutes to do my hair, one and a half to do my makeup....

Nani Kore? Persimmons & Ground Cherries

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA Willingness to try new things.  Openness to the unknown.  Adventurous spirit. Just a few character traits that make an overseas experience...

Food for Thought – The Okinawan Diet

CONTRIBUTED BY JANNINE MYERS The festive season is quickly approaching and with it comes an atmosphere of jubilant anticipation, or for some, reservation as they...

Cooking Local: Vietnamese Style Soft Spring Rolls

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA TRAQUAIR My friend, Jana, likes to recreate her favorite restaurant foods at home.  She does this so she will be able to...

Cooking Local: Gyoza

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY Crispy on the outside, tender tastiness on the inside There's a new Gyoza joint in town, and it's literally right around the...

Nani Kore? Goya

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY Goya. Pronounced (goooy-yah). When I first heard the name, I was wondering how it related to my favorite canned food brand....

A-Price

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA TRAQUAIR This week's post is a stretch for me as I don't spend much time in places such as these!  My partner-in-crime, Dasha,...

Nani Kore? Daikon

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY Have you ever been curious about that huge albino- carrot looking vegetable that you see? The first time I noticed one,...

Where Do You Find Thai Ingredients?

CONTRIBUTED BY VIVIAN    Why would I want to buy Thai ingredients when there are plenty of Thai restaurants on island, you say? My husband is...

A Bento Shopping Spree

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL By definition Bento is a meal (typically lunch) served in a box. The longer you live in Japan and the more...

Awase Fish Market

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON   Thanks to my good friend Julie for showing me this great market. When you get a chance, stop by this...

Even Taco Rice Has A History

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY As most things Okinawan, taco rice also has an interesting history. It's a popular Okinawan cuisine that contains ground beef, lettuce...

Chanpuru Ichiba

CONTRIBUTED BY AVIVA This is a fresh produce market. It's like a farmer's market with a roof over it. In addition to lots of fruits,...

Japanese Corner: Yasai (Vegetables)

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO Kaho's Japanese Corner: Yasai (Vegetables) Along with the Chanpuru Ichiba (farmers' market) post, I thought that it would be fun to learn some...

How To Become A Master Bento-Making Machine

Grouchy Bf bento, originally uploaded by Sakurako Kitsa. CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO Monday through Friday I send Eli off to school without much ceremony. Twice a...

Kurozato (Okinawan Sugar) and Salt

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO My American friend asked me about "Kurozato (Okianawan black sugar)" and Okinawan salt that her family in the States would like to...