New Naha Airport International Terminal Open

International Departures NahaIf you've used the International terminal in Naha before you'll be breating a big sigh of relief that the new terminal is now open and you no longer have to tolerate the cramped conditions of the previous shed.

The new terminal is located to the right of the old one a bit further away from the domestic terminal than previously. Currently the plan is to demolish the old terminal then link them together which will make transfers much easier (and drier).

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This Week on Oki: March 8-15

Cherry blossom season may be over, but there are still plenty of flower festivals on Okinawa to enjoy. Don’t miss the azaleas in bloom in Higashi Village. The Higashi Azalea Festival runs Mar 1-23 from 9 am to 6 pm at Higashi Azalea Park. Entrance is ¥300, but be sure to bring extra for food and other expenses.

Speaking of flowers, don’t miss the Nago Chrysantemum Doll Exhibition. It’s happening at Neo Park, adjacent to the Churaumi Aquarium, through March 31, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is ¥730.

What are your planning to do on Okinawa this week?

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Derby Girls

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a part of derby? Actually, you do.

Okinawa roller derby photoThere’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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Marugame Seimen Udon Restaurant

Udon SignThese 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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Ramen Kameya

Kameya Tomato RamenTomato 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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In The Mood for Noodles

In the Mood for Noodles ArticleSecond 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 Okinawa!

YOHO-ho! And a bottle of honey–Local shop offers sweet selections.

Okinawa Yoho Honey BottlesHumans’ 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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Okinawa and its Rich Music Diversity

The islands of Okinawa are known for their natural beauty and people, as well as the harmonic sounds the people create in their lives.

Guitar lesson at Sunset Music SchoolOne 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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Okinawa Kami Sushi

L.A. style sushi and more make this American Village restaurant a hot spot.

Kami Sushi

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.

Server heating food at tableOur 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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Market Fresh – Okinawan Farmers’ Markets

Market Fresh Magazine Article Page

 

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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