Think you’ve got what it takes to be a part of derby? Actually, you do.
There’s a saying in the roller derby world: “Give your wife her life back. Let her join roller derby.” Roller derby, an all-women, full-contact sport on roller skates, has claimed the hearts of many females, in Okinawa and around the world. Go to a match, called a “bout”, and you’ll see why: these girls are gutsy. They whip down the track, careen around corners, push each other to get their jammer (the girl with the star on her helmet) through the pack to score points, while blocking the other team. It’s intense, strategic, but fun, too. They have funny-yet-fierce derby names like “Tashya-Over,” “The Lexicutioner,” and “Knocka Hoedown.” And, bouts often have a theme, like “Skeletons vs. Zombies,” where teammates, coaches, and even the audience dress up in related costumes, tutus, and makeup. It’s no wonder so many have caught the derby bug.
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These udon are the newest to appear on Highway 58. With their generous seating, tasty noodles and tempura, and great value, we think they’ll last a while.
It’d be hard to find noodles thicker than udon–any larger, and you’d have a hard time fitting them in your mouth! Udon noodles are made of wheat, like ramen, but are about the diameter of pencils. At Marugame Seimen, a chain restaurant with ties to Japanese prefecture Sanuki (famous for udon), they’re also soft and doughy, with a nice chew.
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Tomato ramen and sushi distinguish this restaurant from typical ramen shops–but how does it measure up?
Spend enough time going out to eat in Okinawa, and you’ll start to notice how fiercely local restaurants compete for customers’ patronage. This is true especially of ramen shops. Because their menu offerings are mostly limited to noodles, they must get creative with seasonal ingredients and novel flavors.
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Second in popularity only to white rice, Japanese noodles are versatile enough to take on other ingredients’ flavors, and to stand out as a main course. But what’s the difference between ramen and udon? Soba and yakisoba? We break down five different, delicious noodle dishes, and where to find them on island.
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YOHO-ho! And a bottle of honey–Local shop offers sweet selections.
Humans’ use of honey for medicinal reasons dates back thousands of years. Egyptians used it to dress wounds and embalm bodies. Today, there are lots of claims that honey can do much more, from preventing diseases to being a “better” sugar for diabetics (it’s not—it packs more calories and carbs and has the same effect as table sugar).
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The islands of Okinawa are known for their natural beauty and people, as well as the harmonic sounds the people create in their lives.
One thing you can find in Okinawa is the rich diversity of things, be it in nature, or in the people you meet in the streets. Okinawa is a place for diversity and uniqueness. Music is one of the defining characters of a place. Though Okinawa has its two traditional Ryukyuan music styles, koten (classical) and min’yō (popular), the island has become a rich source of musical diversity.
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L.A. style sushi and more make this American Village restaurant a hot spot.
Few sushi restaurants in Okinawa rival Kami Sushi’s customer service, atmosphere, and most importantly, variety of delicious menu items, including sushi rolls.
The rolls are quite big, a little too big to eat in one bite. Ingredients like salmon, tuna, avocado, and cream cheese appeal to Western palates. Because their English menus include both pictures and a list of ingredients in the rolls, the only issue you might have with ordering could be deciding what to choose.
Our sushi roll picks
The dragon roll is a favorite, filled with eel and crab and topped with avocado. The simplicity of the SAC roll (salmon, avocado, and cream cheese) lets the fresh ingredients shine. If you like salmon and a little spectacle, try the Norway Fire Salmon Roll (above). Your server will use a blow torch to cook the top layer of salmon, right at your table.
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Fresh fruit and vegetables are not only good for your health, they’re also much tastier than canned and frozen varieties. But in Okinawa, shopping for produce can be costly and frustrating. Not to worry—we’ve found 6 of the many farmers markets on island, offering fresh local produce at often deeply discounted prices.
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For thrill seekers and outdoorsy types, Forest Adventure zip line park in Onna promises wholesome fun and a bit of exercise, too.
Adults and older kids can experience ten zip lines over a cavern of Okinawa’s lush greenery, and climb bridges, ladders, and other obstacles in between.
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The Place To Get Yer Country On!
Nashville Country Bar has reopened in Chatan under new management! It's located in Kitamae, Chatan close to Camp Foster's Commissary gate.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 00:00 (later at weekends) to get you in a country state of mind right here in Okinawa.
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