Impossibly laid-back, Okinawa is distinctly different from the frenetic urban landscape we’ve come to expect of Japan.
With its cobalt blue skies, crystal clear waters and palm trees, this largest island in the Ryukyu island chain exudes a languid vibe that even the most jaded city dweller can’t help but surrender to.
Lying just 482km from mainland Japan, Okinawa also happens to be home to the world’s longest-living residents, boasting an even higher proportion of centenarians than in other parts of Japan.
It’s blessed with an abundance of fresh seafood and superfoods, clean air and a tropical climate that is surpassed only by the warm, generous spirit of its gentle people, who live by “Ichariba-chode” or the belief that “once we meet, we become brothers and sisters”.
Intrigued, we made our way to the island of longevity to discover the best of what it has to offer – especially its superfoods – and find out just what makes its residents tick.