Okinawa

Vegetables of Okinawa: Top 10

The traditional Okinawan diet had over seven times more vegetables than the modern American diet. Why does this matter? Many tout the diet of elders in Okinawa as one of the main reasons they live active, healthy lives to over 100 years old. The biggest difference in nutrition? Okinawans traditionally fill up on vegetables (instead…

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OKINAWA TRIP 21: GRAND FINALE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On the first leg of our Okinawa trip, we stopped overnight in Hawaii, and got to witness a beautiful sunset along with a rainbow.  That night inspired this haiku: Waikiki sunset! tourists clamor in the street soba in bellies Here are two highlights of our trip on video, as promised.  These kata…

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OKINAWA TRIP 18: ON THE ROAD FROM NAHA

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I enjoyed comparing and contrasting the everyday things like road workers and signs. Naha: the city’s road sites adjacent to Shuri Castle: I found this interesting: the center high-rise is completely covered in tarps as they do construction on it: This elf sign adorned several locations that we saw on the road. …

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OKINAWA TRIP 17: SHURI CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger On Saturday, July 4th, we went to Shuri Castle, in the capitol city of Naha.  There were a lot of (mostly) Asian tourists there, and it was fairly crowded.  Our hosts worked their magic with the attendants in the full parking garage and finagled enough parking for our whole group. Shuri Castle…

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OKINAWA TRIP 16: SHOPPING, RELAXING & PR

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger The huge sign, above, bordered a large, open park.  We stopped at a large grocery store so we could go shopping for food to grill at the Wray’s.  Amy had told us about such fruit pictured below.  Now we finally got to see it with our own eyes.  They sell premium fruit…

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OKINAWA TRIP 15: NAKIJIN CASTLE

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Nakijin Castle was to be our northernmost Okinawa destination.  As we got close, we stopped in a convenience store to buy our lunch. Once again, as in several other stores, the bento box-type perishable foods were displayed at room temperature.  This included all types of meat, pasta salad, rice, goya chample, eggs,…

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OKINAWA TRIP 14: OCEAN EXPO PARK

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Thursday morning, we drove north to Ocean Expo Park located on the Motobu Peninsula.  The highway was fairly scenic, but the overcast weather and early hour kept lulling me to sleep on the ride.  Then, as we neared the park, the road went up the coastline.  I tried to psyche myself up…

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OKINAWA TRIP 13: HAKUGIN-DO TEMPLE & BASEBALL

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We had at least a few hours before our evening baseball game, and only had use of one vehicle at this time.  Hakugin-do Temple waited about a 30-minute drive away from Naha. This shrine to self-control topped my “must do” list for the trip. Depue Renshi, Gauger Renshi, Tull-Gauger Sensei and I…

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