“Sea lettuce” seaweed joins bitter melon, Okinawa pepper and more Japanese mugwort in a dorayaki pancake-like starter. Photo: Halekulani Hotel

Japanese food in Okinawa: we try the healthy, local dishes believed to boost longevity

  • Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 84, something widely credited to the region’s food
  • The Halekulani Hotel’s ‘Secrets of Longevity’ programme lets visitors experience both local home cooking and gastronomical delights
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“Sea lettuce” seaweed joins bitter melon, Okinawa pepper and more Japanese mugwort in a dorayaki pancake-like starter. Photo: Halekulani Hotel
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Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer has lived in Hong Kong since 2005 and writes on travel and food for platforms including CNN, BBC and South China Morning Post. He has visited 80 countries to date and aims to double that, but still maintains that the only way is Essex.