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Beach Bums: Okinawa pt 1


Thank you for the warm welcome back!

Back to regular posting now.

I would like to start proceedings with letting you in on our trip to Kumejima.

Kumejima is a tiny likkle island off the coast of Okinawa (which in turn is a 2 hour flight from Tokyo).

Hiro and I visited Okinawa 2 years ago in fact it was on the island of Tokashiki where he proposed.
I know....we are like a pot of mushy peas sometimes!

Anchors away.
Perhaps it's because he is an island boy, but Hiro loves sailing.
Most people fly to Kumejima but not us! We took the 4 hour ferry across the deep blue waters of the pacific to reach our destination.

Nothing but cloud, sea and sky.
It's a strange sort of melancholy watching rain dance through clouds in the distance.

Finally, we did reach our destination;
Cypress Resort.

It's nice to have a pool with a view.

By the time we reached the hotel we were absolutely famished.
Must be all that sea air!
Lunchtime I say!
Hiro had the Okinawa Soba.
This has to be one of the nicest freshest tasting that we have ever had. Not too salty, very green and refreshing in fact.

As for me it was all about Tempura Moriawase Okinawan style which included a selection of prawn, fish, rakyo (sort of a Japanese shallot), seaweed, sweet potato and pumpkin and of course.....
Goya!
Up until this point in my life I was NOT a prawn fan.
Kumejima changed that.

Kumejima is big on sugar cane!
It is everywhere! This is a little troublesome at night as we were advised not to go for strolls in the dark. The reason is that it was Habu season. I paid heed as snake bites are not my favourite way to celebrate a honeymoon!

We were lucky enough to come across a great taxi driver on our 1st night. He was great for restaurant recommendations. We stuffed ourselves stupid! The restaurant is really popular with locals, I think it was called "Haifun"?

Miso Nasu (aubergine)
which was succulent and robust in flavour.

I love agedashi tofu:
with goya and aubergine and a good dollop of daikon.

This little piggy is STILL eating!We ordered enough food for 4! The waitress was baffled.

Awamori
is the tipple of choice in Okinawa and Kumejima has it's own:

Next day was beach day!
Welcome to hate no hama.
Hate no hama is a 7km long sand bar 20 minutes boat ride away from Kumejima main island. To us it was a slice of paradise.

Nothing grows here so I am glad I brought my hat!

Hiro is a pole dancer!

Us:
I never expect to find such marvellous beaches in Japan.

Back to the hotel for some poolside larking:

Then it was time to think about our tummies again.
This time our helpful driver took us to a place called Namiji.
Please sir may I have some more prawns?
Kumejima is famed for is Kuruma ebi. Which I think can be referred to as black tiger prawns. These are cultivated on the islands are a good size at about 12cm.
They taste fabulous and like all good seafood, they need very little done to them, just grilled with a touch of salt and let the freshness speak for itself.

And THIS is a seafood salad!!
See why I won't touch that crap they try to give me here in London?
No sandy mussels here!


Before we headed back to Okinawa proper we had time to loiter around and take in more sights in O-jima just north of Kumejima:

I was born to live by the sea.

This is Tatamiishi
Strange but beautiful rock formations.

Sitting, watching, waiting.

The final thing we did before getting the ferry back to Okinawa was to grab some
beni imo ice cream.
This ice cream was delicious. Not too sweet, delicately fragrant with such an elegant flavour that just hints at the sweet potato.


20 comments:

  1. Kumejima looks beautiful! That beach is absolutely stunning - definitely not what I think of when I think of Japan!

    The food looks amazing - makes me hungry! Especially the ebi - yummy!

    Can't wait to see more pictures :)

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  2. YOU GOT MARRIED?!?!?!

    Oh my word amazing, can't believe I missed all of this while I was gallivanting - congratulations times at least seventeen!

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  3. MRS. BEANPOLE

    let me fill your bowl up with oodles of noodles ♥...first and foremost i want to congratulate you and Hiro both...YAY to the official Mr. & Mrs. Toyota...it been a long time coming and i just remember us speaking about this 7 months ago...time flies!!!..while you were away i thought about you and your adventures...i cant wait to talk to you...i want to hear your stories about this trip...im loving the pictures and im loving you more for taking them for me...(im a jealous cunt right now) got me feigning for some PRAWNSSSS...but i guess i cant say much more because im waiting for you to tell me all...

    cheers to you both and may you grow old and eat more prawns for the rest of your life!!!!

    ♥♥♥

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  4. congratulations again! all the photos are wonderful - the beautiful sea & sky (and sand!) on those beaches...all that delicious food that makes my tummy rumble...can't wait to see more :)

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  5. Simply amazing!! I love each and every picture. Congratulations Mrs!!!

    btw--I know I was meant to live by the sea too. I just feel right at home. =)

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  6. That must be what paradise looks like.
    That, or Mozambique xD
    You look gorgeous Wormy, even when you're surrounded by sunlight, you still manage to be pale ass lol
    Love you in that maxi skirt and surprised not to see a photo of Hiro passed out underneath that weirdly shaped bush!
    Welcome back luv!

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  7. OK so firstly - now I am starving and when I have finished writing this I will have to go and eat - that food looked sooooo goood. The clouds on the 2nd picture in are amazing. I love bobbly clouds. Hate no hama is that the best beach in the world? The tree in O-jima with the other tree in the background makes it look like a bird. And the rocks remind me of flat versions of the stones at the giants causeway in N.Ireland - mind you the sea and the sky never look like that there. Thank you so much for showing and sharing your honeymoon. Xxxxx

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  8. you certainly have to add another chapter to that travel book I would like you to write, because Okinawa is too beautiful for words. On the other hand, keep this precious place to yourself (and the people who read your blog) to keep it so pure and beautiful.

    Mmm, yummy food...I can understand you feel slightly snobbish about London Japanese food when in Okinawa they serve you these utterly delightful dishes. LOL at the totally baffled waitress about you and mr. old cow ordering for 4...newlyweds from the UK probably have a large appetite, she must have thought.

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  9. Beautiful photographs!
    The beach looks amazing. And the food!!!! Wow!!

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  10. Wow, it looks like you had great times and great food.
    I really like the maxi dress you are wearing.

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  11. Welcome back and may happiness be your companion forever!
    And thank you for these beautiful pics...my God, how I want to visit Japan...
    Love to both of you.
    Nina

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  12. Welcome back!! Lovely photos~ My favourite one is the one in your strapless maxidress.

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  13. Such beautiful pictures MRS. And I am most certain that you soaked every ion of the atmosphere into your pores. The pictures make me feel very calm. I wouldn't mind livin' tropical for the rest of my life. With tha'hub bein' from a tropical country himself, I can see it in my future to park it for life in some place similar. Congratulations again to you and Hiro. I am glad you enjoyed yourself.

    PS. LMFAO @ Hiro being a pole dancer. You should have brought a mini Totoro and Baby Milo to put on his head so he could balance them for that flix!

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  14. I'm SO happy you're back and back to blogging! The Tempura Moriawase Okinawan and Kuruma ebi looked soooo good, yay for getting into prawns hehehe.. beach trips rock! and was this your honeymoon??

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  15. Wow... Kumejima looks so beautiful!!! When I was reading your post my mouth was just waterin' from all that delicious food!! Lol anyway can't wait to read more of your trip ^_^ also I'm glad you and Hiro had a blast!!

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  16. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm slow stewed pork belly! i am SOOOOO excited about eating with you next week!! *YAY*

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  17. Such beautiful photos! I love the beach shots of you and him together! ♥
    And all the lovely food... Yummmm!

    Also so happy you two had a great time!

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  18. I love your pictures! Especially all the beach ones. That pool also looks nice and welcoming. But..omg...seafood salad...AMAZING!! *drools* I should not have skipped dinner (again)...I'm going to eat Japanese food tomorrow and pretend it's just a little bit like what I see on your blog, hehe.

    Glad you had such amazing adventures in Japan!! Great way to start your adventure as the new missus! =)

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  19. these pictures are gorgeous. the sky and the sea are blue & flawless! I think it was a good choice to take the ferry instead of the plane, give you more of a relaxing time & take in all the fresh air.

    Oh MRS these images make me want to escape.

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  20. oh you look fab :D i loved that there was a pic of you two in here! and AGEDASHIDOFU.. sooooooo good.. *drools* i recently found an agedashi mochi + nasu! :3

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