We’ve fallen in love with this quirky but yummy Okinawan rice “soul drink”

Why bother eating rice when you can have it as a thick and scrumptious beverage instead?

Home to plenty of picturesque scenery, Okinawa also boasts a smorgasbord of delicious local specialties like bitter melon, sea grapes and even taco rice.

But there aren’t as many well-known Okinawan beverages, as even our Japanese-language correspondent Ishii Yota struggled to come up with the name of a famous local drink. Although he was not born in the prefecture, Ishii felt compelled to find out more about his country, and the best way would be to head to what is known as an “antenna shop”. Such shops stock local specialties from all over Japan, and so Ishii was off to one dedicated to

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