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Video: Okinawan Desserts on Kumejima

Okinawa boasts its own variety of sweets, many based on local flavors including fruits and sugar cane. On Kumejima, you can learn how to make some of the most popular Okianwan desserts at the Kumejima Island School tours, which were organized by the local tourism association. In the video below, locals demonstrate making two classics, Chinbin, a type of crepe, and Sata Andagi, or Okinawan Doughnuts. Both are delicious and participants, not only get the recipe and practice making them,

Video: Kumejima Wetland Forest Tour

Kume Island in Okinawa is unique among small islands in that it historically has had rich water resources. The tall mountains allow for ample rainfall which is collected in small lakes, wetlands and springs. The age of the wetlands has created a habitat for species now unique to Kumejima. The center of the island is taken up by wetland forests, which are preserved under the Ramsar Convention. Since most roads, houses, and other buildings are situated along the main roads

New Video: Kumejima’s Maja Scenic Tour

Kume Island in Okinawa is home to many scenic and historic spots. For most visitors and locals, the main attractions such as Hateno Beach or events such as the yearly festival overshadow the much older local delights that can only be found when walking along with someone who truly knows the area. Recently, a new program is offering island experiences to delve into the historic, cultural, and natural side of Kumejima that the casual tourist might enjoy but find difficult

Baby Blue Rock Thrush

One of the most prolific birds on Kume Island is the blue rock thrush. It’s a loud yet interesting species of bird that I’ve managed some decent photos of in the past. This time around I had a unique chance to get up-close and personal with a baby blue rock thrush (while being careful not to interfere. My gopro helped me out with that). One morning we woke to a chirping and rainstorm. The source was the baby bird, stuck

Rice in Japan

With rice being a staple of the Japanese diet for hundreds of years, to the point where it was the basis of currency in the Tokugawa era, there is a lot of importance and variety to rice in Japan. For much of Japan’s history rice was grown by peasants for the use of upper classes. Though they grew it, they lived on lesser grains and grasses and it became a food they might only eat on special occasions or festivals.

Aoshima Shrine

On the last day of my trip to Miyazaki Prefecture in January I traveled to Aoshima Shrine with my fiancée and her family. The shrine is located in the middle of the forest on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge. The day we attended was a large festival where attendees braved the cold seawater for good luck this year. We arrived in the afternoon so we missed the crowds. Next to the island is an interesting

2013 Kume Island Festival Day 2

August 18 schedule Time Event 16:30-18:00 Okinawan Sumo Competition 17:45-18:15 Charachter Show – Masked Wizards 18:20-18:40 Award Ceremony 18:45-19:05 Tunnaha Eisa 19:10-19:30 Student Performance 19:35-19:50 Kumejima’s Tourism ‘Lady’ Introduction 19:55-20:25 Raffle Drawing 20:30-21:30 Special Live Concert – Dynamites 21:30~ Fireworks Countdown The second day of the 2013 Kume Island Festival was a much different affair than the first day.  Where day one was focused on the giant tug of war, the second day was full of performances and fun for

Fu Chanpuru Recipe

After nearly five years living in Okinawa, my favorite food is still Fu Chanpuru.  While it might sound like part of a martial art, Fu is actually wheat gluten (so steer clear gluten intolerant people… sorry! you’re missing out).  In Okinawa, you can buy Fu in packages, either in long roles, or in more compact forms.  Fu is baked and dry, so you will have to hydrate it before use. Ingredients 72g Fu- gluten 1 carrot cut into thin slices

Easy Summer Salad Recipe with Goya

Summer is in full swing, so cool things down with a healthy summer salad featuring seasonal ingredients.  Today’s recipe is a simple salad made from goya, onion, and cucumber.  It is great as a side dish and can be scaled to feed a crowd.  I made this dish for the after party of our undokai and it went over great. Ingredients 1 Goya 1 Cucumber 1/2 onion Dressing (sesame seed dressing is suggested) salt About 1 tbsp mayonnaise Recipe Cut

Daidoge Festival in To-gatta

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Zao Machi in Miyagi Prefecture with the local Tunnaha Daiko group while they performed at the Daidoge festival on June first and second in the To-gatta area.  The festival was a street fair with the entire street near the local onsen being shut down.  Jugglers, musicians, magicians, acrobats, comedians, and more descended on the street for two full days of performances. The artists performed at “stages” during scheduled times, competing amongst each other

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