Had a great day out at the Yanbaru ‘Kabaasai’ Food Festival today. Over 20 stalls featured foods made with local produce from Okinawa’s Yanbaru region—the forested, less populated northern part of the main island of Okinawa. Music, dancing, SUPing and Sabani boats made the event even more special. The event is organised by Yanbaru Harusaa Project, a collective of 20 local farmers and 44 stores and companies working together to promote local, seasonal foods and the Yanbaru diet—a localised version of the world famous Okinawan diet that many believe is a key part of Okinawa’s world-leading longevity.
Kabaasai isn’t a real word in Japanese, but maybe it should be. The two kanji that make up Kabaasai are the Okinawan language word for ‘aroma’ and Japanese for ‘festival’. Makes a pretty awesome word to describe a food festival don’t you think?