Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

Shoppers hoping to buy seasonal vegetables at the showcase of Okinawan tourism and products. (February 2, JA Tokyo AgriPark in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo)

February 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


Tokyo – On February 2, the Haisai! Okinawa Festival began at JA Tokyo AgriPark in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The event is run by JA Okinawa and showcases Okinawan tourism and products. The festival will share Okinawan tourism, goods, and produce like bitter melon (goya) with the Greater Tokyo Area through February 6.


Many items were sent from Okinawa for the festival, from kogiku flowers and seven vegetables, including green beans and kabocha squash, to Okinawan soba and island tofu (shima dofu). Shoppers could be seen excitedly choosing items. Each day, a limited number of the day’s special bento are sold. This could be taco rice (takoraisu), bitter melon, braised pork belly bowls (rafute don), or something else.


Hideko Takeishi of Tokyo says, “With the coronavirus, we can’t go to Okinawa, so these opportunities are precious. This is my first time buying an Okinawan kabocha squash. If it’s good, I hope to buy it again.”


This is the fourth time the event has been held. Coronavirus measures have been implemented this year. This year’s festival is on a smaller scale, with no free samples or cooking classes, and no on-site dining.


(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)


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