One of my favorite things about moving abroad was shopping locally for food. It’s so fascinating to see what different types of food products are sold at restaurants, convenience stores and especially grocery stores in Japan. I remember mine and Ben’s first experience in a Japanese grocery store and let me tell ya, it was OVERWHELMING. Everything was packaged in colorful, eye catching designs - many of which included cute cartoon characters. At random areas in the store catchy jingles or kitschy songs would be playing although we couldn’t figure out why! The seafood selection was also unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed as well... Have you ever seen an entire octopus sold at the grocery store? In Japan it’s just another common item stocked at the grocery store.
As Ben and I chowed down on our 10,000th bowls of ramen last weekend we had an embarrassing revelation: we eat the same things at the same restaurants each and every time we go out. We’ll get the ramen at Tenkaippin, the teriyaki chicken bowls at Linya, butter chicken at Bollywood Dreams, the pork cutlet bowl from Gen, and so on, and so on. We frequent ten or so dining establishments on repeat and it officially has to stop!!! With so many interesting restaurants to choose from on Okinawa, Ben and I decided to made a pact to be more adventoueous with our cuisine. There too many places I’d like to try and with only a year and a few weeks left on island it’s now or never!
Just a 30 minute ferry ride off of the coast of Okinawa is Iejima (the military refers to it as Ie Shima.) For an idea of just how small this island is, Okinawa is considered a very tiny island off of Japan yet Ie Shima is considered a very tiny island off of Okinawa... Needless to say, this 5 mile wide speck of land was incredibly easy to explore every inch of within one day.
It’s not every day that you come across a cave. That is, of course, unless you live in Okinawa which is home to literally hundreds (if not thousands) of these cavernous holes in the earth.
UGH I know I may complain about the weather a ton (the weather here is garbage 90% of the time) but it was absurdly cold these past two weeks in Okinawa and I barely survived. Granted, “cold” has meant temps in the mid to low 50s, however when you’re used to oppressive heat and humidity this sudden chill meant ya girl could only brave the outdoors if bundled up in a puffy coat, fuzzy socks, fleece lined leggings, and a hat. That may sound like over kill, but I swear my blood has thinned out (that’s a thing, right?) since we moved here!
We're Kara, Ben and baby Zoe also known as the Lesniaks. We’re a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia after a three year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together!
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