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Emi no Mise

Okinawan cuisine with roots in tradition, well-being and long life

Okinawa holds an interesting secret: it is home to the largest group of people who have lived to 100 years. Okinawans claim their longevity is due to their cuisine, and they proudly maintain that it is wholly separate from Japanese food. Experience this difference at Emi no Mise, a restaurant specializing in this cuisine of longevity—seafood, locally grown rice, and a panoply of local vegetables you may never have heard of.
Emiko Kinjo, a dietician-turned-restaurant-owner and advocate for the Okinawan lifestyle, combines different types of seaweed, local greens, bitter gourds, and melons. Emiko cultivates her own vegetables, and sources other vegetables from kitchen gardens—often tended by centenarian gardeners. The specialty of the house is the “longevity meal” featuring 15 seasonal dishes designed for health and energy. Emi no Mise makes a fascinating introduction to traditional Okinawan home cooking.
61 Oganeku, Ogimi-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa

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