Happy Monday everyone. Today's photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus in American Village using the camera app 645 Pro, one of my favorites for iPhoneograhy. Hope everyone has a great day and thanks for stopping by today.
Okinawa is known for beautiful beaches and ocean views. I took this photo of Araha, Beach in Chatan, Okinawa with my iPhone 6s Plus. In the distance you can see the Ferris wheel from American Village. Thanks for stopping by today.
Day two in Tokyo took me to Ebisu, for a short pit stop at a store in the station, Omotesando, where I was finally able to check out and try on the new Apple Watch, a walk in Yoyogi Park to see Meiji Shrine, and a short visit in Shibuya for my daughter to get in a little more shopping, because she was so deprived in Omotesando. 😀 All of the below images were shot in Aperture priority and Provia color settings.
This is the follow up to my Tokyo Street post from a few weeks ago. Street photography is rapidly growing in popularity all over the world. While it's not a new genre of photography by any means, it's possibly the most accessible. Nothing records the gesture of the streets like street photography can. Small seemingly insignificant moments around us can be fascinating when viewed after the fact.
We finally got some decent weather yesterday after a week of rain, clouds and cold. I decided to head over to Chatan and walk around with my iPhone 6 and my Fuji x100s. Just for a change I've had the TCLx100 on for a couple weeks now. I love the 35 equivalent I get from my x100s, but sometimes it's just nice to shoot with a 50mm focal length. I never grow tired of how even the most mundane can look interesting in late afternoon light. I shot the next two images from my car. I see so many photos from my car, but usually can't stop or get to my camera in time.
This weekend my family and I tried the new Hale Noa Cafe in Chatan. The cafe is located near the entrance to Araha Beach, and next door to the Okinawan chain restaurant Chirugwa. My wife had driven by a couple days earlier, noticed Salted Caramel French Toast on their weekly special board outside, and we had to try it out. I'm so glad we did too as it turned out to be a great little breakfast spot, something that is in short supply here in Okinawa.
Today I drove down south near Chinen as part of a Spicy Food feature we are working on for Okinawa Living to try out a dish from a Thai restaurant in the area called Curcuma. Curcuma sits on the cliffs overlooking the eastern coastline of Okinawa and has a spectacular view. Today's blue skies and turquoise colored water made the view breathtaking.
Since this was not a standard restaurant review we were able to get right to the heart of the reason for our trip. Tasting Curcuma's hottest dish, the green curry loaded with 25 hot red peppers! At least thats the number the staff told us. :) While the dish was hot no doubt about it, it wasn't so hot that you couldn't still taste and enjoy the flavor. Although I would recommend passing on the water and chasing everything down with some type of milk based drink which is much more effective at cooling the burn from the peppers. So I'm told.
All in all I would definitely recommend the restaurant. Food was good, the view was fantastic and the drive wasn't that bad either. As for the peppers... proceed at your own risk. :)
Located just off the expressway on highway 58 in Nago City you'll find a small Rest Stop or Road Station as they are referred to here called Kyoda. Like most Road Stations in Okinawa Kyoda provides road information and an opportunity to rest before continuing on your trip. You will also find a variety of local fresh produce, fruits and seafood, bento lunches and other food shops such as soba and tacos.
There are souvenir shops and handmade clothing and jewelry products. All of which are from the local Yanbaru area. One of the most popular food treats are Okinawan Doughnuts called Sata Andagi. I'm told that you must arrive early (before noon) as Sata Andagi sell out quickly.
Kyoda is an interesting mix of food and souvenirs. So whether you need to stretch your legs or grab a bite to eat Kyoda is sure to fit the bill.