And this week’s winner is…

The winner of this week’s JU raffle is Jessica Mao who won a ¥2,500 gift certificate to the 50’s Café, the home of great Americana interior and delicious American home-style cooking, including hamburgers that many swear are the best on Okinawa. The 50’s Café is located in Ishikawa near Camp Courtney.

Jessica is from Tennessee, from a hometown she describes as small and quiet. She came to Okinawa in April this year, and calls her life here “awesome!”

Her favorite local foods are fresh fish and all kinds of produce she finds at local farmers’ markets. Among other things she appreciates while living here are beaches, colorful flowers “that seem to be everywhere,” and friendly local people.

While here, she would like to visit as many islands of the Ryukyu archipelago as possible, preferable every one of them.

She also likes to read Japan Update, but would like to see more reviews of places to go, sights to see and events to enjoy, in other words, reviews of any kind.

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04:05 29 Feb , 2024