Okinawa and shiisaa

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Okinawa and shiisaa

by Drax » Apr 24th 15 5:40 pm

I have a trip to Okinawa coming up. Any recommendations on tea-related things to do or see? I see that there's a tsuboya pottery museum... anything less tourist-focus? Is that even possible in Okinawa?

Also, I think I am going to attempt to find a shiisaa (kawaii!! :lol:), maybe from stone or pottery. Has to be plane portable. Any recommendations?

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by jayinhk » Apr 24th 15 11:55 pm

I'm headed there in a few hours. Will get back to you.

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by Drax » Apr 25th 15 12:00 am

Ha! That's great, thanks! I hope you're getting out of there before Golden Week hits... :D

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by jayinhk » Apr 25th 15 12:16 am

Tail end will be during Golden Week. Should be interesting :)

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by jayinhk » Apr 25th 15 1:20 pm

Okinawans drink sanpin cha, or jasmine tea. Just picked up a bag at a local supermarket, along with some Chiran sencha for a good price!

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by jayinhk » Apr 26th 15 1:42 am

No shortage of small shisaa around...the original was medallion sized!

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by Chip » Apr 26th 15 2:51 am

Please share about sanpin cha.

Thanks!

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by Drax » Apr 26th 15 3:05 pm

Thanks for the info, jay! I have a colleague who enjoys jasmine tea, I may pick here up some. Are they chinese or japanese teas? Or...?

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by jayinhk » Apr 27th 15 1:20 am

Both Okinawan and low grade Chinese stuff is sold at supermarkets. The Okinawan stuff is the best I've ever had. :)

I highly recommend driving if you're going out of Naha as public transport is sparse. My brother's driving, so no worries there. About to cycle through a small seaside village here in Motobu. I may do some urban cycling in Naha, although there is a monorail to get you around. I just like exploring cities on bike and popping into random places that interest me :)

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by Drax » Apr 27th 15 11:29 am

Great, I will check out the sanpin cha, then.

I'll be driving while I'm out there, just waiting on AAA to send my permit. I drove last time I was out there, but that was only for two days. I'll be out for about a week this time, but I'm just not sure how much free time I'll have... I'll be staying at a place up near Onna.

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by jayinhk » Apr 27th 15 2:02 pm

Are you with the US military in some capacity?

I'll be going to some kind of obscure Japanese village...hoping to pick up some teacups and an awamori (Okinawan rice vodka) pot. :) been drinking a lot of awamori!

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by Drax » Apr 27th 15 3:27 pm

I'm civilian, but do analytic work for the US military.

Awamori... sounds like the local soju. Hm. Lots of stuff to try, then! I think I'll stay away from the habushu, though. I saw that last time I was in mainland Japan...

I'll be curious how your pottery hunting trip goes...!

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by jayinhk » Apr 28th 15 1:16 am

I should've said somewhat remote Okinawan pottery village...probably too much awamori last night! Still looking to try habushu.

I am so impressed with the pottery here. So many beautiful plates and cups in use at the hotel!

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by jayinhk » Apr 29th 15 10:45 am

Just visited the American Village in Chatan. Got two bags of shincha and some gyokuro... All discounted and very fair prices too, especially with the weak Yen. I only paid around $45 for three bags of good tea. Got me a tea scoop and a tea caddy too! The tea stall even served up matcha soft serve ice cream...you know I got some :)

If you make it to the aquarium, there are some kyusu and tea sets for sale for fair prices, and they have artist biographies next to their work. I didn't buy any...still holding out for better cups!

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Re: Okinawa and shiisaa

by Drax » Apr 29th 15 11:07 am

Haha, I'm not sure anything in Okinawa is truly "remote," but I understand what you mean.

I stayed at a hotel near American Village last time I visited. Where in American Village was the tea place?

This time, I'll be staying at a place a bit further away, but it shouldn't be too hard to visit....

.... if I end up going, that is. I may not being going, depending on how disaster response efforts to Nepal unfold....