One thing Okinawan's are crazy about are these purple sweet potato pastry things... I know this is a poor description, but that's because I really still don't understand what they are exactly. We see them everywhere, and, sure enough, the first store we went into was a pastry/candy store that actually had a picture of one of these purple potato pastries on their store logo. The store sold them, sampled them, and even had a window in the back where you could see them on a conveyor belt being made! Matt and I got to sample them, and they aren't as sweet as they look. It tasted like I was eating a gooey, half-baked pastry cup filled with frosting that was only about 1/4 sweet as actual frosting! Not exactly sure why everyone's so crazy about these! Anyway, the store had a lot of other cookies and treats to try and buy as well. One thing I learned from walking around Naha is that the people here are big into samples. Each store had samples of food products in little tuperware containers. The containers had lids, but not always a sales person monitoring. We tried a few.
Here are some other photos and videos from our day spent in Naha City:
Matt and Jason with their Japanese beer. The sales man told us they were aloud to drink it on the street, but we're not sure he even understood the question.
Frog purses made from real frogs - grossss
Matt with Krissy
A bakery in the marketplace. We bought a donut, I think.
Matt sampling some Dragon Fruit
Check out this video of the indoor marketplace:
No, this isn't a parade, it's just Japan.
Japanese schoolgirls that we see literally everywhere!
The Naha Happy Bus!
Check out this video of a street dancer - I could've sat and watched him all day! Note the Japanese Rastafarians on the drums:)
A GIANT hermit crab - giant like larger than my head!
Me at a little ice cream cafe - FYI - one Japanese scoop=about a half an American scoop
Matt got an ice cream taco with bananas in it and strawberry sauce on top??
Inside a Pachinko place - they are crazy about Pachinko here, and these places are like Vegas Casinos!
Night time on Kokusai Street
Our menu had this cute saying on the front of it:)
More adventures to come! Thanks for following - we miss you all:)