Goya ‘Bitter Melon’ – The Green Heart of Okinawa

A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

Ginger Family Alpinia zerumbet or Alpinia speciosa The Getto plant can be found in most Okinawan people’s backyards and alongside many streets and paths of the island. It is not just used as a beautiful decoration though. It is used for a variety of ailments, food, and makeup in Japan.
Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

People decades ago did not go to a gym or run marathons. They did not lift weights or body-build. They just moved their body every. day. You do not need to exercise as hard or as much as you may think. Sitting in one spot for many hours of the day
The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

Parsley Family Peucedanum japonicum Japanese plant native to Okinawa  Chomeiso (cho-may-so) is a well-known, traditional herb on the island of Okinawa but virtually unheard of outside of Okinawa, Japan. It is also known as ‘Sakuna‘ in Japanese, but there is no English name assigned to the plant due to its
The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

Citrus Family Citrus Depressa Japanese plant native to Okinawa and Taiwan Shikuwasa or Shikwasa (Shee-koo-wah-sah/Sheek-wah-sah) is a popular fruit in Okinawa. The word Shikuwasa means ‘eating vinegar‘ in Okinawan language. It is not only Okinawans who love Shikuwasa drinks and flavored foods, but also tourists from China, Korea, and all
Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Mallow Family Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Charming red flowers used in beautiful, tropical landscaping is an image quick to come to mind when the word hibiscus is spoken. Globally known for its elegance but not so well-known for its intense health attributes. Hibiscus has been used in traditional medicine across dozens
Path to a Long Life: Okinawan Style

Path to a Long Life: Okinawan Style

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan “The Longevity Island“ 沖縄県日本 ~ 長寿の島 While Japan is known for health and longevity, there is one prefecture that is healthiest of them all: Okinawa. Okinawa is located below mainland Japan and above Taiwan. It consists of a chain of small islands stretching 1,000 km long (620