What I Ate: Kobe, Japan

July 20, 2022

A day trip in Kobe is not complete without going to Nankimachi (Kobe's Chinatown). 

It's a whole street filled with food vendors. It was so exciting to walk down the street and also see food. We were in heaven looking at the different types of food that each vendor is cooking. Our first order of business was just to walk down the street once and figure out which food we should try. 

Our first choice was the pork belly buns. Looked too good to resist it. 

The pork belly was cooked for a long time. It was very soft and delicious! 
Peking duck wrap! Oh man, this was really really good ;)
And of course, we had to get xiao long bao. It was perfect to eat since it was cold. 
We found this food stand with a line. Immediately, joined the line. I love eating croquettes. We got curry, beef, and pork. 

Seafood Lunch at Makishi Public Market

June 24, 2022

Our last day in Okinawa was a lot of fun! We had a seafood feast at Makishi Public Market. It's a seafood market on the first floor and restaurants on the second floor. 

We found a restaurant upstairs and sat on tatami mats to eat our lunch. I ordered a sashimi set. My husband ordered a chirashi bowl with tuna and sea grapes. I never heard of sea grapes before but they are everywhere in Okinawa. It's a type of seaweed that grows around Okinawa. It's good for your health because it's packed with minerals. And it's fun to eat! 

Keiko ordered tofu with pork. We ended up sharing our food so we could taste each item. Love the pre-covid days! 

The seafood was of course amazing and it was so cheap. My set was only ¥1,200 yen ($13 CAD). You can't get that price here in Toronto. 

We were enjoying our lunch and just minding our own business when 3 guys sat beside our table. 

They started talking to us (mostly in Japanese so Keiko had to translate). They ordered beer and a big sashimi boat. They bought the seafood at the market on the first floor and the restaurant prepared it for them for a fee. 
They were really friendly and nice to us. They shared their seafood with us. They gave us oysters, unni and lobster sashimi. They offered to buy us drinks.  

Okinawans are really friendly. They are very open to talk to strangers which is surprising because I find most Japanese people are shy and they mind their own business unless you approach them first. 

Fun Adventures in Naha, Okinawa

June 10, 2022

Our flight was cancelled so we drove to Naha to sort out our flights. My husband called Customer Service but they were not very helpful so we had to go to the source in order to sort out our plans. 

We drove in a torrential downpour from Onna to Naha. Poor Keiko was driving and it was scary on the road with the heavy rain. 

We made it to Onna and we went to the airport directly to speak to the counter agents at Jetstar. They were really nice. We were all offered a flight the next day with free hotel and food voucher. We were supposed to all go to Osaka together and Keiko was supposed to stay with us for 1 night. But she decided to stay with us in Naha for 1 more night and fly back directly to Nagoya. 

We had 1 night together before we had to go our separate ways again so we made the best of it. 

Our first stop was lunch. We found this small restaurant close to our hotel. I remember eating the best rice bowl with pork here. Maybe I was just super hungry but it was really delicious! 

We walked around the touristy main street of Naha. Lot of stores and restaurants. And of course we have to stop by the pharmacy. I still regret not buying this kawaii backpack. 

Keiko and I found this cake shop where they make Baumkuchen which means tree cake in German. Not sure how it became popular in Japan but we were intrigued. It's made in a spit which is how it looks like tree rings. I don't know how long it takes to make Baumkuchen but I wanted to eat it. We got a slice and took it back to our hotel and we both demolished it. 

Also, finally tried Blue Seal ice cream. I tried the Okinawan sea salt flavour. It was good but nothing to get excited about. 


This was our eating day adventure and we found a dumplings restaurant. 

We sat on the tatami floor and Keiko ordered for us. We basically copied what people ordered besides us, haha. We got dumplings, pigs ears, veggies, and cucumbers. We also ordered lemon whisky highball (the best!!!). 


The restaurant was really fun. I don't speak Japanese but the atmosphere was great.        

After eating, we walked around some more and found another izakaya. We ordered more whisky highballs and ordered liver sashimi. Oh man, it was soo good. 

Sesoko Island Road Trip

May 21, 2022

We decided to drive to Sesoko Island after visiting Cape Manzamo. We had our GPS to guide us to the little island.
We took a break so we can take pictures and look at the blue sea. It was beautiful! Okinawa is really beautiful.

We had to cross a long bridge that connected Segoko island to Okinawa.
Our first stop after parking was to look for the beach. The water was cold so we didn't swim. 
So gorgeous! But this pic is deceiving because there was a lot of trash on the shore. I just didn't take a picture of that part. Please stop littering. It ends up in the ocean and washes up on shore.
Behind me is the bridge that we crossed to get to the island. 
Friendly dog guarding our car. 
We stopped by a town to look for a bank but the ATM machine did not accept my card so we found a seafood store and decided to look around.
We ended up buying sashimi. So cheap!
Impromptu picnic by the sea. The perfect way to eat sashimi.
Also stopped for an mango ice cream break.

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