Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Under the Weather

I never enjoy being sick but I will say one thing, I am glad that at very least I'm sick during the fall rather than in the middle of the summer. Being sick in the Okinawa summer is the worst.

So I've been down for the count since Sunday which means that I have been incredibly behind on OkiNinjaKitty and I apologize for that but unfortunately that's what happens when life comes into play. Of course I could have pushed through in the true name of show biz but nope sorry I am just not feeling well and taking a day off.

Luckily I have been feeling better and I think that tomorrow I will have a normal day but we'll see what happens. I am to be filming a video which is supposed to premier tomorrow so let's so how that goes. I also have to do some other fun stuff like groceries. Either way I hope that I am feeling well tomorrow. Ok then it's time for me to go.

Talk to you all tomorrow!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Series Premiers Thursday!

Over the past year the OkiNinjaKitty Channel has evolved. What was once a YouTube channel with no real focus but some videos of things I found fun and interesting has turned into a resource for those who are coming to Okinawa and those who have been here and want to get more out of the time that they have left.

As you may already be aware the OkiNinjaKitty channel has a regular schedule of videos to include Current Events on Mondays, JVLOGS on Wednesdays and Fan Mail Friday on Fridays. However, as the channel progresses and continues to grow the involvement from our viewers compels us to move forward.

In an effort to do a better job facilitating a great stay here in Okinawa the OkiNinjaKitty Channel is proud to announce that Thursday a new series of videos and blog posts will be going live. This series will help make Okinawa feel a bit more like "home" by bringing some attention to programs, organizations and groups around Okinawa. Each week we will feature a different organization, tell you about them and ensure you have all the information you need to get involved.

We at the OkiNinjaKitty Channel hope that this will help us continue to help you!

Keep an eye out at and and be the first to "thumbs up" the new series when it goes like!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kitakeisen: Sushi, Noodles and Pizza?

Conveniently located in central Okinawa on Route 23,  near Kadena Air Base , this restaurant is perfect for those who are new to Okinawa and want to give the cuisine a try.


First's let's get all of the basic "must know" bits out of the way. The restaurant opens at 5PM and has English speaking staff and English Menu. They also accept yen and major credit cards, although I am not sure if they accept american dollars because I never pay with that type of currency. Reservations can be made in advance via telephone although I am sorry I did not get the number. The staff is happy to take your reservation in English as well.

Ok moving right along. . . . .

When it comes to food the menu has a great deal of variety. You can get anything from sashimi (raw fish or meat sliced for consumption) to pizza. Dishes in between include many favorites to include yakisoba, tacos, tempura, sausages, salads, fried rice, french fries and so much more. There is also a sushi bar where you can get some of your favorite types of sushi.

A majority of what is on the menu is meant to be enjoyed as a family style meal with the group sharing although sets are available if you prefer to order your own mean. Personally I have never tried the sets so I cannot speak for portions or the value of the sets themselves.

Overall this is a decent place to go out and get a meal. The portions are reasonable in comparison to the price although the sizes have gotten slightly smaller over the years. The restaurant also welcomes children and families so you do not have to hesitate when thinking about heading out to dinner. I should mention, however, that if you do not make a reservation you may want to head out for an early dinner. Especially during busy times of the week like on the weekend and as it starts getting later in the evening the restaurant gets more and more crowded. At times it can be hard to get right in to eat and you will be required to wait. TIP: My husband and I generally do our best to have dinner early when going to this restaurant as it is almost always an immediate sit down rather than having to wait in line for a table and feeling rushed through our meal. 

If you have been in Japan a while or if you are looking for strictly authentic Japanese food for an experience this might not be the place to visit. The food is good, there is no doubt about that, however, the food has been changed to accommodate the more american palate that are patrons of the restaurant. As I have said before this place is perfect for those who are looking to try something new but not commit to the full authentic Japanese meal.