Cerise Nakaima O'Conner, left, a Single Marine Program (SMP) coordinator, and Hodaka Inafuku, an administrative clerk with the Camp Foster SMP, pose for a photo with their dogs at the Camp Foster SMP, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2021.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Savella, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Thang Doan, commander assigned to the 18th Mission Support Group, pet MWD KitKat during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan.
If you think of alcohol and Japan, then the first thing that springs to mind is sake – but there are other alcoholic drinks too, one of which comes from the island of Okinawa! Awamori is an alcoholic drink which is also known as shimazakae, or island sake.
Ever since “washoku,” or traditional Japanese food, was designated an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013, popular dishes and liquors like sushi, tempura, sukiyaki, sake, shochu and awamori— have been garnering a lot of international attention.