Okinawa on a plate – The Japan Times Online

Makabe Chinaa had a lucky escape: you can still see bullet holes in some of the beams. Then in the immediate postwar period, the house served as a town office and a clinic before becoming what it is today — a much-loved tea shop and restaurant that serves up a large portion of history along with its signature sara soba to visitors heading to the nearby Okinawa Battle Site National Park.

Read the entire article by Kate Crockett at The Japan Times Online.

(Via @animeresearch.)

Order spider pizza in Okinawa – TOKYOMANGO

Spider pizza was featured on a Japanese TV show recently — it’s a real dish that you can order at a pizzeria in Okinawa, owned by the guy who runs an association that promotes insect-eating. I bet if you can get over your arachnophobia it’s crunchy and delicious. He makes beetle pizza, too.

Um, yeah! Bet it’s tasty and good for your health. (Not.)

(Link: Order spider pizza in Okinawa – TOKYOMANGO.)

Namie Amuro to star in Coca-Cola Zero CM


Namie Amuro has her second CM appearance set for 2009. Like the Vidal Sassoon spot, the upcoming CM (set to air on the 11th of this month) for Coca-Cola zero will feature Amuro in the ad as well as her upcoming single, “WILD,” which will be released on March 18, 2009. The single will be a double A-side one featuring the aforementioned “WILD” and the song “Dr.” which will be the CM song for her Vidal Sassoon spot. Keep your eyes posted on the Coca-Cola zero page as there are links that will be available (perhaps beginning 2/11/09) to view the CM as well as downloadable content. Of course, we’ll be watching it and will be posting if there is a wallpaper or screensaver available for us to download. 😉


Special guest this Wednesday at OTW

Off the Wall chef Grant “Sandaa” Murata sensei (of the Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii) emailed to let us know that they have a special guest this Wednesday (10/15) at the restaurant. The special guest is a friend of his who lived in Hawaii about 30 years ago and often performed at the old Club Hanagasa. So who is this special guest you ask? Hint: She’s part of the legendary band Champloose and is the leader’s (Shoukichi Kina) sister. If you guessed Keiko Kina you’re right!

According to Sandaa-sensei, Keiko has started her own group consisting of her son and grandchildren who will all be in attendance this Wednesday night. Gensei Kai will open and Sandaa-sensei says Keiko’s son is a shredder (Jimi Hendrix) on the sanshin.

For more information, check out our previous post on the OTW live shows or call the restaurant at 808-486-9255. See you there!

Experience the flavors of Japan & Okinawa event

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar (Aiea, Hawaii) will be holding the second part of their 3-part series on experiencing the flavors of Japan and Okinawa this Friday, October 17th. The following is via their email newsletter (email us at and we’ll forward your email if you want to be added to their list):

Experience the Flavors Japan and Okinawa Tasting

Join us on Friday, October 17, for the second event of a 3-part series to try five great makers of Asian beverages. It’ll be even better than the last one!

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar, SWAM (Shiroma’s Wine and More) and The Cherry Company present a unique casual tasting of Orion Beer and Shimauta awamori from Okinawa, Iichiko shochu, Hana-flavored sake by Takara, and Kikusui Brewing Co. sake. Great tasting pupus provided by Off the Wall Executive Chef “Sandaa.” Order the items you taste at a great price from SWAM fine wines and get a jump on gift giving!

Date: Friday, October 17, 2008

Time: Starts at 8:30pm till whenever!

Place: Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar

Located at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center (across from Sears in the Pearlridge Shopping Center)
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., B-10
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Tickets: $35 pre-sale and $40 at the door (includes 5 drink tickets, complimentary pupus, and a limited-edition t-shirt)

Contact: OFF THE WALL RESTAURANT & BAR: 486-9255, or Jill @ SWAM: 487-7926.

Don’t miss out on this great tasting!!