Video: The glistening emerald green asa is in peak harvest at Kitanakagusuku

February 17, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Naoya Oshiro

The algae farm just off the shores of Misaki, Kitanakagusuku, has welcomed peak asa (sea lettuce) season. On February 16, farmers flocked out to sea to harvest the asa they carefully cultivated.


The green crop is collected using a special net pulling machine, a task that will continue through March. Fumio Asato, 80, has cultivated asa for over 15 years; his recommended preparation of the sea lettuce includes tempura, soups, but best of all, in hirayachi (Okinawan savory pancakes).



(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)


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