I’ll Drink to That! “Cool Find”: Okinawan Coke

I’ll Drink to That! “Cool Find”: Okinawan Coke

I scour Okinawa-related news, to try to stay informed, and to find interesting articles to share with YOU! And to impress people at cocktail parties. Ha–who am I kidding? I don’t go to cocktail parties! This is Okinawa. I wear flip flops and drink beer at my friend’s house. Recently I came across an article(…)

Shake ’em up! I’m format shifting. . .

Shake ’em up! I’m format shifting. . .

After what feels like a long hiatus (I know you missed me so much, my 3 or so fans who actually read this blog and the 1,000 bots who try to spam it) and a fun 4th of July camping trip to Okuma, in which I was a bit out of my element and failed(…)

Forest Adventure Time! (C’mon grab your friends)

Forest Adventure Time! (C’mon grab your friends)

I’m a little late to the party, but I just love the cartoon Adventure Time! It sometimes makes me wish my saggy-cheeked dog, Bosley, had special powers like Jake. Boz is mostly just a super cuddler, though, and I’m fine with that. He’s still my favorite dog. My only dog, but my favorite nonetheless. On(…)

Domo Arigato–Thank you, Sisters in Oki & Beyond

Domo Arigato–Thank you, Sisters in Oki & Beyond

I’ve been challenged by a fellow blogger, the lovely Jaci at¬†Happiness Backpack, to blog about what I’m thankful for. Last November, I shrugged off doing the “Today I’m thankful for. . .” posts on Facebook every day leading up to Thanksgiving. Although it’s a great idea, I just don’t like to do what everyone else(…)

Blame It on the Rain

Blame It on the Rain

“It can’t rain all the time.” If you know what comic-turned-movie that quote comes from without looking it up, then you’ve earned some cool points in my book.   Okinawa has been really trying to disprove that statement lately. It feels like it’s been raining, nay, at times torrential DOWNPOURING, for days (with a dry(…)

Golden Week, Part 2: There Be Dragon Boats!

Golden Week, Part 2: There Be Dragon Boats!

Golden Week: more people on vacation, more traffic, more festivities. Also, this: Why are there Christmas lights up during Golden Week, you ask? Ahh, my dear Westerner, that is where you’re wrong (don’t worry, I made the same mistake). Those aren’t Christmas lights. Those are GOLDEN WEEK lights.¬† So what’s the difference between Golden Week(…)

Golden Week, Part 1: National Days of Rest

Golden Week, Part 1: National Days of Rest

Happy Golden Week! Um, what’s Golden Week, you ask? It’s a handful of national holidays packed into the end of April and beginning of May, of course! China celebrates it, with its own holidays. These are the holidays (as they currently stand) for Japan: I say “as they currently stand” because there’s been a lot(…)

Driving in Okinawa: Unofficial Rules of the Road

Driving in Okinawa: Unofficial Rules of the Road

So you may have read about my adventures in learning to drive on the left. In the driver’s ed class to get my Japanese license, I also learned some of the nuts and bolts of driving, like the only place in Okinawa you can turn on red is on Kadena Air Base, or the meaning(…)

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

If there’s one thing I really like to write about, it’s food. Whether it’s a restaurant I’ve discovered, or some exotic cuisine I’ve never tasted before, I think my decades of eating, enjoying, and even being picky (I prefer the term “particular”) about what I eat help me write somewhat informed food and restaurant reviews.(…)

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Whew–you’re still with me. I wasn’t sure after that heavy post on whales last week. This week, we move through the animal kingdom to those slithery creatures you know and love: Whoops, not that guy! What is his deal? I still haven’t figured it out, but he nevertheless gives me the giggles! The most famous/notorious(…)