Writer: Wendy Ng

After spending her entire life in the tropical island of Singapore, Wendy moved to another island, Okinawa. Her initial plan to stay in Okinawa for one year was disrupted by the irresistible allure of the Okinawan blue skies and ocean. When she is not café-hunting and island-hopping all over the most southern prefecture of Japan, she is probably seeking for new adventures somewhere in mainland. Suffering from “Compulsive-Obsessive-Travel-Planning Disorder” (COTPD), she spends most of her money and time exploring Japan. She embraces the ‘carpe diem’ spirit and hopes to conquer all 47 prefectures.

Guide to Japan’s Summer Music Festivals

Summer is a busy season in Japan. From the opening of beaches to summer festivals to fireworks shows, summer is a time for sunburnt and fun! Other than the countless traditional summer festivals, there are many music festivals happening throughout Japan in summer.

Best Places to Try Authentic Okinawa Soba!

Whether it is the broth, noodles or pork, each soba shop has its specialty Okinawa soba that is loved by its devoted group of followers. When I asked my Japanese friends to recommend the best Okinawa soba shop, I frequently received a myriad of fervent responses. After living in Okinawa for close to 2 years, my gastronomical adventures brought me to a number of well-known Okinawa soba establishments.

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