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県内に多く滞在する外国人へ向けて、沖縄のローカル情報を英文にて週刊で発信しています。広告を掲載して頂いたお客様へ、外国人の集客が上がるよう様々なサービスを企画実行しております!これからますます国際化著しくなる沖縄で我々とともに外国人をもターゲットにビジネス展開をしていきませんか!

OkiEvent!  The special products fair of Toyama prefecture will happen at the Miaham boardwalk in Chatan town next weeken...
08/06/2024

OkiEvent! The special products fair of Toyama prefecture will happen at the Miaham boardwalk in Chatan town next weekend!

Toyama prefecture is located in Hokuriku (mid-north part) district in mainland Japan and its famous place for the Japanese Alpine, means a great place for skiing!

Also there are bunch of special products made in Toyama, and they will come to Okinawa! You can meet and touch their special products at the Mihama Boardwalk in Chatan! It should be a great experience, opportunity and could find a wonderful gift to the Father's Day either 😁

On the 15th (Sat) and 16th (Sun), the special fair about Toyama products will happen and offering some food tastings, workshops that an original chopsticks craft and creating natural stone monument using a special Kanaya stone which is only produced at Toyama prefecture. Some foundation parts of the Kanazawa castle were built by Kanaya stone.

Traditional Japanese wall scroll made from a Kimono, special potteries made by Toyama clay, Toyama rice, sponge cucumber skin lotion, soy sauce, boiled firefly squid and much more products are waiting for your visit!

If you don't have a chance on that weekend, don't worry, a special booth for those Toyama products are now ready to attract you at the RYSION select shop in Mihama until June 30th!

Why don't you visit and find some special gift for you and your special person 😁

RYUSION: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vm1PdmPAGtK1DXjP7

Mihama Boardwalk: https://maps.app.goo.gl/KZiGtBZp4ahFmvASA

American Village in Chatan town today!What a beautiful day even in the rainy season in Okinawa 😁 Have a good day!
04/06/2024

American Village in Chatan town today!

What a beautiful day even in the rainy season in Okinawa 😁

Have a good day!

OkiCutlure!!  Itoman Haaray; a traditional and fun event in southernmost of OkinawaThe Itoman Haaray takes place on the ...
03/06/2024

OkiCutlure!! Itoman Haaray; a traditional and fun event in southernmost of Okinawa

The Itoman Haaray takes place on the May 4th of the Lunar Calendar. This day is actually June 9th 2024 of the Gregorian Calendar. Most people in Itoman adhere to the Lunar Calendar as it governs the tidal season. In Itoman, fishing is the epicenter of daily life. Everything revolves around it. And this is why the Haaray is so important to the people of Itoman; it is their way of praying for a prosperous fishing season and safe return home from the sea. The event features a variety of boat races in different categories, such as an internal junior high school competition or companies set against other companies. The main race, however, is centered around the district rivalries.

Elsewhere on the island, Dragon Boat Races are called “Haarii”. But in Itoman, they call it “Haaray”. This event is not one to be missed, as crowds of spectators flock to the southern Okinawa region to see the colorful, rich life of the “uminchu”, a hybrid term of both Japanese and the Okinawan language that means fisherman (“Umi’ meaning “sea” in Japanese and “nchu” meaning “people” in the Okinawan language).

During early summer, Haarii races can be seen all over the island in different towns. Communities use the old traditional fishing boats called “sabani” without the sail. Most races are similar throughout the island going from start to finish. But in Itoman, they have added another tradition separate from the other races. The crew has to tip the boat over at a halfway point, after which they have to straighten up the boat again, climb onboard, bail the water out, and continue to finish the race. Originally, Haarii was a festival for praying for a good catch and a safe voyage out to sea. In Itoman this is still the core of their beliefs. In recent years, the Haarii has been popularized welcoming people of all walks of life.

It is believed that the Haarrii races descended from China about 600 years ago. At the time during the Ryukyu Kingdom it was customary to have a Haarii race as a means to pray for healthy crops, good health, and safe voyage when out to sea. From there, it virtually spread everywhere on the island. It is said that Haarii was eventually spread to Miyako and Yaeyama by way of the Itoman fishermen.

And as with time, Haarii has evolved little by little in terms of its intention. There is the common “Ugan Baaray” which prays for a safe voyage and a prosperous season. Then there is also an “Shokuiki Haarii” in which teams with similar occupation are set against one another. The “Kun-nukase Haarii” is a race in which the boat is tipped over intentionally, raised again, and then continues to the finish line .

PIN: https://maps.app.goo.gl/N1ScjK7umUVs2A7s5

Shima Banana! (島バナナ)🍌 Shima=Island It’s smaller but more delicious 😄👍
01/06/2024

Shima Banana! (島バナナ)🍌 Shima=Island

It’s smaller but more delicious 😄👍

Had an another Okinawan Nature tour with Ray Prestegard from United States yesterday!We watch and learn about Okinawan n...
30/05/2024

Had an another Okinawan Nature tour with Ray Prestegard from United States yesterday!

We watch and learn about Okinawan natures this time 😁

We had a great time and hope he will come back one day 😁

Thank you for joining!

Had a nostalgia Okinawan tour today, for Ray Prestegard who is from U.S. and had lived in Okinawa about 50 years ago!He ...
26/05/2024

Had a nostalgia Okinawan tour today, for Ray Prestegard who is from U.S. and had lived in Okinawa about 50 years ago!

He lived at Kitamae district in Chatan town (Foster area) when he was teen, and he really wanted to visit there again with his fun memory.

I know there are some old Off base U.S. Military Housings still there today, and visited around there with him.

He said that I remember this atmosphere and I'm sure my old house was located around here!

We could talk to a local elderly female person (Obaa) about the district too.

It was a so great time and very nice experience!

Also we went to the Hamby, Nakagusuku Castle site where he used to play when he was kid, Futenma shrine, had an Okinawa soba and much more!

Wish much more people come back to Okinawa from abroad and taking a tour and feel something 😁

OkiLife!!  Yohena’s Ajisai-en, The Hydrangea Garden of MotobuAs spring moves toward summer, the floral landscape of nort...
25/05/2024

OkiLife!! Yohena’s Ajisai-en, The Hydrangea Garden of Motobu

As spring moves toward summer, the floral landscape of northern Okinawa is taking on new colors as hydrangea flowers, or ajisai’s in Japanese, are now bursting into full bloom. In a small town of Izumi, Motobu, thousands of brilliantly colored hydrangeas are flowering their petals on a 9,900 square meter plot of land that was once filled with tangerine trees. Welcome to the Yohena Hydrangea Garden!

With a total of 40 species, over 10,000 hydrangeas can be seen on location. In 2006, the Yohena Garden came in sixth in the West District Japan, Hydrangea Garden Contest.

Visitors are most welcome to stop by and check out these wonderful array of flowers, which will stay in bloom till the end of June. June, also happens to be the start of typhoon season, so if you wish to see these flowers in their prime, please stop by and visit before the typhoons arrive. Admission fees range from ¥500 for adults to ¥200 for children. Opening hours are between 9am to 6:30pm. Parking is available.

PIN: https://maps.app.goo.gl/jfTEY4zYPzthAVyw8

Wandering Okinawa!! @ Okinawa Fruits Land!! You can enjoy and learn about Tropical Fruits with fun exploration!Especiall...
23/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa!! @ Okinawa Fruits Land!!

You can enjoy and learn about Tropical Fruits with fun exploration!

Especially kids will have a great experience at the theme park (English information available)😁

Then after or before visit the Fruits Land, you can have a Ramen dish at the ICHI the RAMEN 😁!!

Also the Pineapple Park is just 1 minute from the Fruits Land and ICHI the RAMEN on foot!

If you don't have any schedule for the weekend, why don't try them!

https://www.okinawa-fruitsland.jp/blank-3

Wandering Okinawa! Had a Okinawan historic tour with local Okinawan even such as heavy heavy rainy day today😅Visited aro...
22/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa! Had a Okinawan historic tour with local Okinawan even such as heavy heavy rainy day today😅

Visited around some sacred spots in Shuri and told them about deep old Ryukyu history!

Available to have a tour, please feel free to ask us if you are interested in about Okinawa and Ryukyu!

OkiNews!! Finally, Okinawa Meteorological Agency declared that the rainy season on Okinawa has started today.Please take...
21/05/2024

OkiNews!! Finally, Okinawa Meteorological Agency declared that the rainy season on Okinawa has started today.

Please take care!

【動画あり】沖縄地方が梅雨入り 平年より11日遅く 向こう1週間は雨や曇りの予報 - 琉球新報デジタル

Wandering Okinawa!! My actual target for the Nago trip yesterday was, Have a Agu Tonkotsu Ramen (Okinawan pork broth Ram...
20/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa!! My actual target for the Nago trip yesterday was,

Have a Agu Tonkotsu Ramen (Okinawan pork broth Ramen) at the "ICHI the RAMEN" restaurant in Biimata, Nago city!!

Its great!! If you love Ramen noodle, you should try them!

Agu is a Okinawan original local pork!! Its very famous pork brand in Japan wide today and not too much rich as a Tonkotsu bros mainland Japan 😁

There are English menus and very friendly to foreigners too!

When you drive around north, please visit the ICHI the RAMEN 😁

Its located at a same area of the Nago Fruits Land theme park (next to the Pineapple Park), and easy to find and enough parking lot! (Behind the LAWSON)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ichitheramen/

PIN: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Sn8qtTZukVJuSsUm6

Wandering Okinawa!@ Nago 21st Century Park in Nago! I am from Nago city, but it was not such as a clean beach when I was...
19/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa!

@ Nago 21st Century Park in Nago!

I am from Nago city, but it was not such as a clean beach when I was kids 😂

Now I can proud 😁👍

Wandering Okinawa!! Toward Nago city, the northernmost city in Okinawa!A beautiful Sunday!
19/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa!! Toward Nago city, the northernmost city in Okinawa!

A beautiful Sunday!

Nanmin (Naminoue) Festival is going on this weekend!Kind of a more traditional event.Sat. (18th)  13:00~ at Naminoue Shr...
18/05/2024

Nanmin (Naminoue) Festival is going on this weekend!

Kind of a more traditional event.

Sat. (18th) 13:00~ at Naminoue Shrine

Sun. (19th) 10:00~ at Palette Kumoji 12:00~ at Naminoue Shrine

Naminoue Shrine is the most important shrine since Ryukyu Kingdom, and just visit to the shrine would be a great time 😁 The Naminoue beach is already opening too!

http://naminouegu.jp/

PIN: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DWxvEs79xEiypcxs5

What’s happening in Okinawa😂!?  Have a great weekend!!
17/05/2024

What’s happening in Okinawa😂!? Have a great weekend!!

Found him again!A longer one this time 😅Please be careful, the seasons is coming!
16/05/2024

Found him again!

A longer one this time 😅

Please be careful, the seasons is coming!

Good morning Okinawa!Today, the May 15th marked the 52nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion.Have a good day!
14/05/2024

Good morning Okinawa!

Today, the May 15th marked the 52nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion.

Have a good day!

Found these at a supermarket today! Looks new released canned Gin based cocktails 🍸The name is “GINON”, it should be fro...
14/05/2024

Found these at a supermarket today!

Looks new released canned Gin based cocktails 🍸

The name is “GINON”, it should be from GIN. (Released by Asahi, a major Japanese alcohol company)

(Gin based cocktails are so popular in Japan today)

Anyway Who knows “GINON” means in Okinawan language?

It’s the “Ginowan” 😁👍 one of the major city in Okinawa!

So I have no choice to get them even it’s not any relation with Ginowan 😂

Taste is good 😁👍

Wandering Okinawa!! Visited to the Plaza Housing site!About a half part of the Plaza Housing land already returned to Ok...
09/05/2024

Wandering Okinawa!! Visited to the Plaza Housing site!

About a half part of the Plaza Housing land already returned to Okinawa, and now anyone can access to the site, its now called the "Lower Plaza Green Park".

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