Cool Foods at Okinawa Market

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The largest market in Okinawa is in Heiwa Dori (Heiwa Street) in downtown Naha. While being tame compared to the massive Tsukiji Market in Tokyo or other markets in Asia, there are still a lot of cool things to see.

Here are some pictures from a recent trip there:

Pig

photo of pig face with sunglasses at heiwadori market in naha, okinawa

Unlike mainland Japan, pig is a staple food in Okinawa. Traditionally, people ate all parts of the animal.

pig tail in okinawa market, photo

Including the tail.

photo of pig intestines at heiwadori market in naha, okinawa

The intestines are used to make soup and stir-fry.

pig tongue photo, naha heiwadori market

A specialty at the market is pig tongue. Sometimes, people special order the brain.

filming pig brain removal in naha market

Like this TV show.

pig brains at okinawa market, photo

You can see the remains of the brains on the bone saw.

Fish

photo of okinawan blowfish, abasa

They also sell non-poisonous Okinawan blowfish, called abasa.

photo of fish ovaries ransou, okinawa

And ransou, which are large fish ovaries. It is often eaten raw.

photo of fish eyes, okinawa market

If you want something soft, slow-cooked, and globular, stew up some fish eyes.

Snake

okinawan irabu sea snake, photo

If you want something poisonous, try the irabu sea snake. They use it to make soup.

photo of habu sake, Okinawa market

They also make alcohol out of the poisonous habu snake.

habushu snake liquor in a jar, photo

It is called habushu and is supposed to be good for the yang.