What is comfort food like in the Oki Islands? The freshest seafood you can get, which includes the prized turban shell, known to sushi lovers as sazae. Oki soba unlike any soba in other parts of Japan -- the soba noodles are soft, thick, and cut up in short pieces. We were encouraged to use our spoon if we found it too difficult to eat with our chopsticks. At Sannana, the staff take much pride in their food and they will explain how each dish is made. Do not leave without cake and coffee, well one, because coffee is not easy to find in the islands and Sannana serves excellent Mandheling coffee, and two, because they make this amazing chiffon cake out of komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach) that is delicately light and absolutely delicious.
A short walk from Saigo Port on Dogo Island, the largest of the Oki Islands and a great place to stop before taking the ferry to other islands.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.