On our last morning in Okinawa as we walked toward Shuri Castle we passed an inviting looking older building which to me looked like it might be a restaurant. Sure enough it was restaurant. Two of our group of three were leaving that evening and I thought this might be a good place to have our last lunch together. Indeed it was.
A poster from the blog of the Ashibiuna Restaurant. This Japanese language blog contains many photos of the delicious food served at the restaurant. Scroll to the bottom of the blog, click on the numbers and have a look.
According to the sign in front the restaurant the building had been a high ranking family residence in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
We sat on an outside porch which overlooked a zen style garden. Notice the raked gravel. Also the colored chop sticks which we'd seen in other restaurants in Okinawa.
We all ordered a different lunch special. Okinawa Soba Noodle in this photo.
As we ate we spotted an elephant and pig among the rocks and greenery. I wondered what folk tales there are in Okinawa about these animals.
The menu read, "Original Squid-ink Yakisoba". I had a bite of it and it was tasty.
And "Stir fry of Tofu". The food was very good as was the company. To me it was a perfect place and lunch for our last day together.
Is that a deer peeking its head out of the bushes.