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Ryu teppanyaki steak restaurant review, okinawa, japan

Ryu Teppanyaki Steak Restaurant, Okinawa, Japan

By Louise

Ryu Teppanyaki Steak Restaurant

This is probably the most expensive restaurant on the island, but it was well worth the money! The food was phenomenal and the experience was beautiful. I highly recommend getting the Ishigaki steak – it was so melt-in-your-mouth good. Although all the steaks there were cooked to perfection and way better than your regular steakhouse stuff!

Just check out the video below to see what I’m talking about!
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glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

Photos from Yomitan Pottery Village, Okinawa, Japan

By Louise

What is Yomitan Pottery Village?

Yomitan Pottery Village is quaint a community of artisan potters and glass blowers – you can wander around just admiring everything from huge glass pieces to cups, teapots, plates, and of course shisas (guardian dog/lion statutes, often found in pairs, that are placed on rooftops or outside doorways and gates in Okinawa to ward of evil spirits).

yomitan pottery village okinawa japan visit photos

According to some websites, you can even take glass blowing or pottery classes if you ask the potters.

The friends we were visiting live just around the corner from Yomitan Pottery Village (also known as Yachimun no Sato), and so we turned up on a cold windy and slightly wet day!

yomitan pottery village man blowing glass okinawa japan photos

Where is Yomitan Pottery Village?

The address on Tripadvisor is: Address: 2653-1 Zakimi, Nakagami-gun, Yomitan-son 904-0301, Okinawa Prefecture
But, here’s the Google Maps location:

Should you visit Yomitan Pottery Village?

This area is beautiful to walk around – each potter has their own home decked out with their wares and there’s a large glassworks studio as well. It’s not a huge area, so you can walk around it pretty quickly. If you like artsy things or want to buy some souvenirs, then this is definitely worth a visit!

There’a a very artsy feel to the village – one place even had an old bus that they used for storage:

old blue bus yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

plates and cups yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

Glass Blowing at Yomitan Pottery Village

I loved the glassworks place – we parked in the parking lot, which was right next to the glassworks studio. There was everything from function pieces like salad bowls and plates to decorative art pieces. Plus there’s a large structure near the road where you can see people do the glass blowing.
glass blowing yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass blowing yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works glasses yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

Even the outside of the glassworks studio is decorated with colorful glass.

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

yomitan pottery village man blowing glass okinawa japan photos

Photographs of Shisas

Shisas are highly popular in Okinawa – in fact, it’s near impossible to not see them everywhere! I really loved how many different designs there were of them, and the photos below are just a few of the shisa designs I saw at the Yomitan Pottery Village.

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

And one place had a real dog guarding the shop:
dog at yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

hamazushi cheap sushi restaurant chatan Yomitan-son okinawa japan

Review of Hamazushi – 100 Yen ($1) Sushi Restaurant in Okinawa, Japan

By Louise

Hamazushi Restaurant in Chatan, Okinawa

Hamazushi is a popular sushi chain restaurant – all the sushi is 100 yen (which is under a dollar with the current exchange rate). Okinawahai wrote a post about the Gushikawa branch of Hamazushi near the Kadena base.
Location: Yomitan-son Nakagami-gun, Okinawa, Japan
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Phone: 098-979-2870

This is like a massive sushi boat – you can order food on the screens at your table or take food directly off the conveyor belt that’s going around.  Then they come at the end and count the number of plates you have (different plates are different prices).

hamazushi cheap sushi restaurant chatan Yomitan-son okinawa japan

hamazushi cheap sushi restaurant chatan Yomitan-son okinawa japan

Verdict

If you’re looking for cheap sushi, then this is the place! It’s pretty big, but it can still get crowded at peak meal times – the wait goes pretty quickly though. Don’t expect amazing quality (but it’s still better than most sushi you’ll find in the US).

Club Sega, Mihama American Village, Chatan, Okinawa, Japan

Club Sega, Mihama American Village, Chatan, Okinawa, Japan

By Louise

Mihama American Village is a really amusing shopping mall located in the town of Chatan very close to the American Kadena Air Base. Although it’s called American Village, it’s probably more fun for Japanese visitors than Americans. As my friends explained, it’s almost like the Japanese romanticized version of what they envision American outdoor malls to be like (i.e., it has some American shops).
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Japanese food photos

Devouring Japanese Food – Photographs

By Louise

The first time I went to Japan, I was 16 or 17 and living in England at the time. Back then, the thought of eating raw fish was both terrifying and disgusting, not to mention expensive!

I’d love to say I’m older and wiser now, but really all I can admit to is having a slightly better palate. And luckily, I now love sushi and sashimi, although I have to admit that I never realized just how good sashimi could be until I visited Japan again a few months ago.

The food was surprising Paleo most places (I did have to avoid the noodle bars – sorry Laura, Nicole!), although trying to ask anyone for gluten free was really tough. I managed it at one high-end teppanyaki restaurant, and they went to huge trouble to make sure my food was cooked without any sauces and away from the other food.

cherry blossoms in kyoto japan photos

Admiring Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan – Photographs

By Louise

Perhaps what I loved most about Japan was its serene beauty, and the cherry blossoms in Kyoto exemplified just that. I just wanted to keep photographing them in an attempt to capture that essence.

The best place I found to admire the cherry blossoms was in the grounds of the Ryōan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace). There is a famous zen rock garden inside the temple grounds (which you have to pay a fee to enter), but the cherry blossoms are in the large grounds outside of the rock garden and is free to enter. In fact, most of the photos in the slideshow below were taken there.