Native hog extinct? In a pig's eye!

News
April 15, 2014

Aguu hogs are Japan’s only existing native hogs. Also called “shima-buta,” or island pigs, they have inhabited Okinawa Prefecture’s Aguni Island since the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom. They are usually black and weigh only about 220 pounds, less...

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Let your taste for pork live high on hog

Restaurant Guide
April 15, 2014

If you have not had a chance to taste Okinawan-bred aguu pork there is a perfect place to sample this premium meat at its finest on the northern part of the island: Okinawa Tonkatsu Shokudo Shimabutaya restaurant.

This eatery prides itself...

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Cormorant fishing in the daytime (Photo courtesy of Ehime Prefecture)

Placid pleasures amid beautiful river scenery

Travel
April 16, 2014

The Hijikawa is a wide river that flows through the middle of Ozu. This beautiful waterway is deeply engrained in the psyche of the people living there. There are many options for making the most of the river, from rides on the elegant pleasure...

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