Do you love pink?
Pink is associated with compassion, love attraction, and feminine beauty. It's one of my favorite colors for this reason. Everyone (men and women) looks great in it as well!
Being in Asia has really allowed me to try a lot of different foods and skincare products from Asia, AU, and NZ. The latest love of my life is Essano's Rosehip Pink Clay Mask.
I ONLY recommend what I truly love on my blog btw.
It's a great product with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, and Rosehip Oil. The combination of these ingredients is what makes it work so well! I've tried many clay masks in my life. This is by far the best one yet! I'm not a big fan of the leave on paper masks that are so popular in Asia. Although they work well for a lot of people, clay masks are my go to. You can leave this one on overnight if you want faster results. It really works well for anti-aging fine lines and wrinkles and removing dark circles, scars, etc. Your skin really does feel and look smooth afterwards.
Although my beauty routine has become a mix of atleast 10 grams of collagen beauty powders and/or collagen beauty drink bottles, probiotics, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, kale powder, CoQ10, Japanese inspired citrus body/face foams, Japanese moisturizing skincare (Hada Labo mention HERE), and a more vegetarian diet, this product still brings its own results. lol
I'm just keeping it 100 with my late 30s but looking early 20s self...possibly younger? :)
Anyone can acquire "Asian genes" is all I'm saying. ;)
I often come across random travel tips from experience and/or from other travelers.
I wanted to add more to a list here.
To Be Continued...
* Hardshell Carry-Ons and/or Rolling Leather Duffle Bags - You get used to seeing folding grocery carts pushed by little old ladies in Japan. It's just one of the many practical "I want one" moments you may have. The handy travel equivalent is a small hard shell carry-on or a rolling leather duffle bag. You can consider it as your gigantic shopping purse. It really comes in handy when shopping at multiple stores during an errand run. Some prefer to travel with two carry-on suitcases for this reason. You can also just buy a cheap one at your long term destination.
It's handy for carrying everything eco-friendly that you'll need for a day out.
A rolling hard shell carry-on is a great picnic basket and picnic table as well!
* Toiletry Refill Packs, Dry Pantry Foods vs. Canned, etc - The best way to keep your essential purchases lightweight is to think "flat". Shower foam refill packs to bagged beans, rice, etc are just some examples.
Convenience stores in East Asia are handy for simple things like towels, slippers, toiletries, snacks, fruits, drinks, frozen meals, prepared meals, etc. It can save you a trip to the supermarket, mall, and/or drugstore.
Malls in SE Asia are handy for groceries, entertainment, drugstores, clothing, household goods, etc
* Ziploc bags - Organizing items in ziploc bags allows you to keep track of what you have and need.
* Local English Food Delivery Services - Popular services like Amazon, Uber eats, etc are pretty well known in JP. Some other local East Asia sites/services aren't always known though.
Shuttle (shuttledelivery.co/kr/en) is a handy delivery service in KR for your bbq to mexican food cravings.
10Mag provided a great list of English shopping sites for Food, Clothing, Health Supplements, etc in KR (https://10mag.com/english-websites-for-online-shopping-in-korea/)
Amazon is partnering with the local KR site (http://global.11st.co.kr/html/en/main_en.html).
Amazon items will be available through the site.
It's something to keep in mind for 2021 onward KR travels.
Japan already has a local Amazon site (https://www.amazon.co.jp/)
Alishan's Organic & Vegan Online Store (https://store.alishan.jp/en/products) is one option for imported and local JP delivered vegan meats like OmniPork
* USB Portable Fans, UV blocking Sun Umbrellas, etc - Anything practical that you catch on a home shopping network in KR and/or at Don Quijote and Daiso in JP are worth considering!
* Worldwide Personal Assistants - (https://meetingreetme.com/travelers) - Nuff said
You may have come across these types of lists when it comes to people, places, and/or things. I often prefer the lists that talk about things that someone may LOVE vs hate.
The "negative" lists always make me laugh when 9 out of 10 "complaints" are 1st World Problems vs Real World Problems. Yall know what I'm talking about. We know every country has issues.
Ex: Individual fruit wrapped in plastic from a Japanese supermarket or convenience store is NOT a problem. haha That banana is cozy in all its cute little layers. hehe Plastic seems to come up a lot with people though. I get it, but again it's NOT a problem. ;) Air Pollution is a much bigger issue is all I'm saying.
If you're looking to make a list of your own, try to focus on statistic categories that you can find at sites like https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/. It's a great run down of things that everyone loves learning more about. You should also take into account your budget. People with money and flexibility will always have a different perspective and experience in life.
Remember that EVERYTHING has a solution as well. People just need to do their research for the best alternatives that fit their particular foreigner needs and lifestyles.
On that note, here are the Top 8 Things that I love about the countries that I've lived in so far.
I can't really count MY though during the pandemic. The drugstores and international organic health food imports have been a surprising highlight though.
Despite being a digital nomad, my experiences can still be experienced by those who settle in for the long haul. It's just nice to try new locations every now and then for perspective. Some cities, islands, etc in a country allow for better experiences than other locations in the same country.
This list is mainly about food options because ehhh I've been overseas for awhile aka perspective.
1. Delivery Services - Everything delivers. Nuff said.
2. Food Portions - Big portions can make you feel like you're getting value, esp during those PMS weeks. You can always take a reusable container with you for leftovers...or get it delivered.
3. Ride Shares - You don't need to own a car in America to get somewhere. There's also delivery.
4. Comedy - America has some of my favorite comedians. Americans are pretty funny.
5. Authentic Cuisines - You can visit Epcot to local eateries and feel like you've been around the World. America is a melting pot of many different cultures.
6. American Chinese Food - You can still get a Panda Express fix in Japan though. I'm talking about more of the Chinese Ma and Pa restaurants that pop up. It's often a weekend food treat for many.
7. Vegan Food - American Vegan companies are now getting started in Asia though. It's nice to have options around the World for balance.
8. Halloween - Halloween is still a treasure to Americans. Luckily it's celebrated in other parts of the World as well, esp Japan.
JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
1. Convenience Stores - I LOVE the tasty convenience stores. They really are everywhere. Japan has my favorite convenience stores and supermarkets though.
Delivery services and Costcos exist as well for stocking up convenience.
2. Homegrown - Both countries can be very "homey" in their meals. You can "taste the farm" in other words. There are a lot of pesticide free and organic prepared meals. The soups warm the heart and soul. My favorite soups remain to be from East Asia.
3. Nature - Both countries are beautiful when you get away from the city and people. Both have islands as well if you want different temperatures, air quality, etc.
4. Quirky - Both countries have quirky entertainment (music to variety shows to styles). It's much more "wholesome" as well in many aspects when compared to America, despite Kpop just being a mix of Jpop and American pop music. You may not understand what you're watching though if you don't speak the language. Youtube subtitles and translators are the solutions. Many young adults speak English these days though to avoid confusions.
5. Robots - Nuff said.
6. Work ethic - You can get some work done, esp in the northern cities. Co-working spaces are everywhere (coworker.com, Ginza's new Starbuck co-working space, etc).
7. Walking and Biking - If you love to walk and/or bike, you'll find a lot of people who do as well. Electric scooters are also around. The overall safety also allows for comfortable walking and biking.
8. Low Birth Rates - If you PREFER more adults and/or elderly around you, both countries are winning on that note. There's always cute pets in clothes, robot pets, cute amusement parks, cute plushies/stuffed animals, cute cafes, etc. You will not miss children. We can stop at Generation Z. Yes? No? The well-behaved ones are alright I guess. Just saying. hehe :)
I'm not a Vegan first and foremost. However, I do find that vegan friendly ingredients create a healthy travel menu. After spending months in SE Asia due to the pandemic, I finally created a daily menu or "routine". Having some form of a routine can create a sense of familiarity during times of uncertainty...or lack of seasons.
Here are some of the items that I like to bring into my daily nom noms. A lot is based of the
Anti-Aging Soup Kitchen post. I do my best to walk my own talk.
I truly believe that responsibility to ourselves and health are the only obligations that we have in life. Any other "obligations" are pure choice. We all know that those can be switched up as well. Keeping my life and menus simple creates the most sanity for the most part.
Japanese 7-11 and grocery stores do that as well when it comes to frozen and cooked meat dishes. ;)
I just fell in love with them.
Now onto the typical Grocery Noms...
This is best for those who don't have an active lifestyle right now by the way!
It's enough high protein sources to keep your energy levels up and body in shape.
Minestrone Soup - This is one of my favorite Italian protein soups. It has vegetables and pasta for an easy complete meal.
Tortillas - There are many varieties of healthy pre-packaged tortillas to choose from. I prefer the ones with high protein and high fiber content. You can crisp them up in the microwave for 2 mins for homemade tortilla chips. This is great for soups, dips, etc.
Beans (Kidney, Pinto, etc) - High antioxidants, fiber, and protein. You can easily add them to tacos, burritos, soups, etc.
Dry Instant Pasta Mixes - No offense to Kraft, but there are some great quality protein pasta mixes in the World. You just add water and heat them up. You can add more protein after that.
Ramen - Ramen is just fun to eat as a protein "junk" food.
Light Tuna in Water - Eating tuna atleast 2x a week is safe. You can add the protein to pasta mixes, tortilla wraps, etc.
Green Apples - Apples always make a great snack and/or dessert. Green apples get the highest health award.
Greek Yogurt - It's a great breakfast item and/or late night snack. You can use it as a sour cream substitute and/or put it into spicy ramen.
The protein and probiotics are a bonus. Simply check which probiotic strains work best to avoid histamine releasing strains. You can do the research on your own. Just check the labels after that
Potatoes - Potatoes make for a great meal and/or side dish. Add some herbs, greek yogurt, etc.
Collagen Powder - 30 grams at most is great for anti-aging. If it contains added benefits like CoQ10 (energy & anti-aging), Vit C (immune system & anti-aging), etc, it's a win!
Only 200 mg of Vitamin C is absorbed into the body at one time. Split up any collagen mixes throughout the day with that in mind.
Mixed Berry Powder - Antioxidants for health and beauty. Just add to water, greek yogurt, etc.
Kale Powder - Get your Iron, Vit K, antioxidants, etc with Kale powder.
Camu Camu Powder - 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon is really all you need a day. The high Vit C content is great for your immune system!
Olive Oil - You can increase your DAO levels (antihistamine levels) with just a tablespoon of olive oil in the morning.
Take it with Vitamin C if you'd like. I mix it with Camu Camu powder or Collagen Powder.
Vitamin & Mineral Supplements - Common supplements are multivitamins, Vit D, Magnesium, Calcium, Omega 3s, Anti-Aging supplements, etc, etc. You can determine what you personally need and when to take them.
Although I joked about Asian cafes becoming more westernized in the future HERE, I also feel that you can't go wrong with animal themes!
When I'm bored, I always check in with the quirky and/or seasonal things that are going on in Japan. It's always a score!
Here's what I came across today. It's a Winnie the Pooh themed cafe. It's for a limited time though. Everything has been like a fantasy/dream state this year it seems. Oh well.
It's still a brilliant and adorable idea though, esp for a Healthy Halloween Party or Birthday Party.
If you grew up with Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals, cartoons, etc, you can learn more at the website https://honey.ohmycafe.jp/.
You can also click some of the translated menu images in the gallery below...
Video and Livestream walkers may not count as your 30 minutes of exercise a day, but it's a great way to see more cities on your Bucket List. I already talked about using google street view to walk neighborhoods and streets before you visit. Combining that with video walkers is even better!
Two countries that seem to be winning everyone over is SK and JP. Japan was even voted as the country many people look forward to visiting again after the pandemic *raises hand*. The anticipation of the Olympics is not the only reason though. Both countries really do have their unique aspects, islands, and foods. You do take it all for granted after you've visited and go away for awhile.
Here is one channel that I came across recently for those who want to check out Korea on a clear day. The guy is a lovely person who shares his simple walks with everyone...without all the negative commentary that you may get with some channels.
P.S. Although my walks can sometimes come with paranormal experiences, animals gathering around me like I just built an Ark, and random commentary on keeping litter off the streets, I may start sharing short clips of my nature walks in the future. I find mornings and weekdays to always be ideal for a simple stroll. It's only when you take a rest during your walks in SK and JP that nature really gathers.
By the way, that photo I took of Jeju's tangerine/oranges is on the road towards the library and performing arts center in Seogwipo. It has a nice view of the mountain and a park nearby. It was actually starting to rain as well. That's a whole other experience during hurricane season!
My last beauty haul was all about supplements for the most part. I spoke highly of Astaxanthin that I still take. It's quite popular in Japan as the Fall starts up and skin hydration becomes a priority. It also protects you from the sun's UV rays. You can take a higher dose beyond 4 grams to build it into your system. 12 grams a day would be the max. You can then work your way down.
It's similar to when you take collagen supplements. Higher doses (10-15 grams) can build into the system for a couple of months before working your way down to maintenance doses (5-10 grams). It also depends on your age (30+) when you'll need to protect your body more from aging.
This beauty haul was rather simple on the skincare. I gave myself enough time to try out these two products to report back. The one that I absolutely love is also quite popular in Japan. Luckily SE Asia is fully stocked with skincare products from all over Asia.
It's the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion (Light). It hydrates the skin from the surface to the inner skin layers for soft, smooth, and supple skin. It has a light texture for normal/combination/oily skin. There are no fragrances, mineral oils, alcohol, and colorants. Its main ingredient is hyaluraonic acid. It has 4 types of hyaluronic acid for extra moisture. It's a product line that I'll probably continue to try out in the future.
The second product that I love is also a hyaluronic acid product. It's Eucerin's Hyaluron-Filler 3x Deep Line Filler. It's your botox in a bottle in other words. I actually picked it up because Junhee of A.C.E recommended it in a Vlog. Who wouldn't take a recommendation from a Kpop Idol on skincare products though? They seem to have anti-aging down for the most part. It could be the collagen and/or hydration face masks that they wear every night though.
This product is great for those who want to target specific age lines, scars, under the eye areas, etc. It does a good enough job at plumping things up for some baby face realness. :D
2020 has really been a blessing in disguise when it comes to travel. I've gone from thinking like a tourist in Asia to thinking like a resident in Asia. Luckily there are many residents across Asia who are willing to share their opinions about their countries, neighborhoods, etc. It really helps if you are planning future trips that last 2 weeks or more.
Here are a few things that I've come to search for in travel forums and google maps...
* Best Cities for Living - Every resident in a country has their favorite cities. This question saves you a lot of time. A resident's favorite city will often have everything that a tourist will like. It's great when a resident gives you their Top 3 Best Cities though. This allows you to choose based on your personal interests.
* Best Grocery Stores - Everyone has their favorite grocery store. I personally would recommend Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Costco for those visiting and living in the U.S. Luckily all three deliver as well.
Google maps is handy if you want to check out photos of the grocery store's interior. This helps you to see what foods are offered in each location. Knowing the layout can save you time if you're a list maker. I love searching for gourmet grocery stores on google maps though. Nothing cures boredom more than trying some "fancy" new foods each week. :) Health food stores are also good for both food and supplements.
* Restaurants that Deliver - Some foodies will eat just about anything. I'm a little more picky. Discovering what's available before settling in really helps if you need a healthy variety.
* Feng Shui Compass Directions - You don't have to know much about Feng Shui design to "feel" places out. You can simply get on Google Maps and look at the landscape.
I've found that North (Career Sector) and the NW (Helpful People and Travel) locations to fit me best. The North is associated with water energy as well. Having a lake, river, ocean, etc to the North of a Northern area is ideal if you enjoy more yin energies as you work. This can apply to the North side of accommodations as well.
Islands create their own "North" in the sense that they are not linked to mainlands. Hanging out in the Northern parts of an Island may be ideal for some.
The West (Children & Creativity) is great to visit for creative stimulation. I wouldn't want to live in this compass direction though. I'm just speaking from my own personal travel experiences with kids, teens, and hurricanes aka loud things. lol The random stray animals and quirky architectures in such areas can be stimulating though! :)
* Coworking Spaces - Speaking of the North, Coworker.com has great spaces in many good locations. If you're still adding to your list of requirements, it's something to check out as well. You never know who you'll meet along your travels. Teaming up for a project and/or or having an alternative meeting spot is handy!
To Retire or Not To Retire. That really is the question when you're a Digital Nomad. Digital Nomads in Asia really do live like retirees at times. Even if you're not 50 (the age many Asian retirement perks begin), you start to feel like you're "retired". Nobody really retires though. Many people just take more time to enjoy their hobbies and interests. Many continue working as well. It's a great way to stay alert and busy if you love your job.
As I near age 39 (age 19 if people assume and age 29 if people are still confused) on Dec 20th, 2020, I've really started taking the time to look at Asian real estate. I've stayed in all sorts of Asian accommodations since 2019. There are some really great design aspects that I just love (heated floors, minimalism, compact kitchens, elevated entrances for shoes, floor futons, robots, etc).
Asia is quite foreigner friendly when it comes to purchasing real estate, esp in countries like Japan. You can visit https://realestate.co.jp/en/ to look at some modern styles for yourself. I highlighted the practical and unique Japanese Dome Homes already HERE.
Staying in Asian accommodations is a lot different than viewing them online though. Everything from soundproofing to maintenance to technology is taken into consideration. The biggest thing for me is technology these days. I have to give it to Japan for having the most diverse technology in their accommodations (hostels to rentals) thus far.
When you're in need...
* to do some work
* take a mental break
* calm a child down with more than just a high vibration salad (it works)
* take an afternoon nap
* get your 8-10 hours of sleep
* listen to some relaxing music
Put your headphones on and listen to a 10 hour meditative playlist, Rain sounds via rainymood.com, and/or read my How to Stay Focused post again.
Magnesium powder or chewing a magnesium pill also works fast. ;)
Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in the body, esp for smokers and/or stressed out people. I always tell people to get more in their system 1st. People can then re-evaluate their lifestyle choices. Life is nothing but a bunch of choices. Make them chillaxed ones.
Magnesium and Headphones are very much needed to help everyone Keep Calm and Carry On. :)
For those who have made the decision to "work from home" while traveling, Digital Nomad is the term we give ourselves. It allows many people to see new locations and/or settle down long term in new locations. Many end up meeting their romantic partners and/or traveling with existing partners. It can be an interesting lifestyle for the long term travel lover.
When it comes to any type of long term travel, cost of living must be taken into consideration.
You can always visit numbeo.com to get a feel of any location's cost of living.
I personally feel that you should base your travel budget on what you're currently spending in your home country for Rent, Utilities, Transportation, Food, and MISC. You can then break down your travel budget for Asia.
Here is a Sample Monthly Travel Budget for a Comfortable stay in Asia...
Accommodation (Hotel, Hostel, Vacation Rental)
$30-$70 a night Max
* You can always be flexible in your budget if you want to stay really fancy. *
Food (Eating Out, Delivery, Groceries)
$300 - $600 Max ($10 -$20 a day)
Transportation (Ride Shares, Taxis, Rental Cars, Private Drivers)
The Low Budget Max would be around $1300 a month.
** Of course you can always find ways to spend much less than $1300 a month in Asia.
I just wanted to provide some examples for existing and future Digital Nomads. :)
You can simply add on any MISC below...
Misc (Shopping, Tourist Attractions, Plane Tickets, Worldwide Personal Assistants, etc)
After a year in Asia since mid 2019 (pandemic included) you start to change in little ways. For anyone who is thinking about taking on the journey, here are some important things that you may notice...(To Be Continued)
* Your Comfort Food cravings go from Photo 1 to Photo 2! - You better believe that Ramen becomes your new comfort food! I was never really a fan of fast food before traveling to Asia though. I was a patient little traveler by stocking up on my Jin Ramen after the pandemic slowed down. :) It may become your favorite ramen too! You'll learn that Korean MILD = SPICY so add the packet seasoning in doses. The name will also make you want to check in with some idols on vlive.tv where they sometimes do cooking (with or without their cute pets) and mukbangs
(with or without their cute pets).
Luckily you can purchase ramen from all over Asia throughout Asia (supermarkets, convenience stores (7-11 in most of Asia and GS25 in Korea are the Best). I still enjoy drinking my kale powder and berry powder though! It's still an easy way to get in your fruits and veggies. The benefits are great! You'll never run out of farm fresh organic fruits and veggies in Asia though! Organic imports from Australia and New Zealand are also available.
Simply purchase some clear plastic containers with lids, silverware or chopsticks, etc for a travel friendly meal.
* You know where to stock up on beauty and health supplements. - SE Asia is great for stocking up on affordable supplements before heading back to East Asia.
Supplements like Astaxanthin are a powerhouse of antioxidants for your entire body! It's what gives salmon and other seafood its red hue. You can get around 4 grams in a 4 oz piece of salmon as well, especially if you're in Japan where salmon bentos to salmon sushi are affordable, tasty, and convenient at supermarkets and convenient stores.
Beauty powders are also very popular throughout Asia. You really can try all the brands.
Nandos is a flavorful SA restaurant chain that you can try if you're in SE Asia, especially if you prefer East Asia's food seasonings more. Everyone has their favorite Asian countries and preferences.
You can get peri peri chicken in other parts of Asia as well (Ex: Okinawa).
The bottom line is that you learn what each Asian country has to offer for your needs.
Asian Costcos exist for bulk buys of supplements when you get back around one. You learn where they are all located too!
* You know where to see Fall foliage in East Asia with little effort. - The ACROS building in Fukuoka is a great find for performing arts, art displays, shopping, eating, and just walking around. I've yet to visit in Spring. The "hipster" city is a quick plane trip to Jeju Island KR (Below) and Okinawa Island JP (Coming Soon...hopefully). If you're "naturally tan" and laid back, the southern islands in East Asia can be an easy adjustment to a new culture.
Learning to write out Korean and Japanese for taxi drivers, accommodations, etc and/or use a translator can be handy though. You may want to stick to hotels and/or hostels at first to get a vibe of the different cities and countrysides. They often come with free gifts/samples and information. ;) You can also meet a lot of people from Around the World that are on the same journey!
* You get "lost" in a sea of fellow 5ft Asian girls. - If you've ever had innocent jokes made about your short height growing up, Asia will make you fit right in. You may actually feel tall when someone is actually shorter than you!
East Asia to Southeast Asia, the 5ft girl height is probably the ONLY way Asians "all look alike". You learn their other similarities and differences in time. ;)
* You pack light with your Fall clothes included. - Seasonal styles are really cute in Japan. Air conditioning is really REAL in SE Asia. Keep those sweaters, long sleeves, and pants for malls, accommodations, etc.
You can find cute and comfortable clothes throughout Asia though if you need something.
Shorties will definitely find their size too!
Dome houses have always fascinated me. I would like to think that I had a “normal” childhood living all over the place, but I realized there is no such thing as a normal childhood.
My first dome house experience was right in my neighborhood. I experienced walking by a dome house for years in one area that I lived. The neighborhood kids called it the “boob house” for obvious reasons. It was always a mystery house to many of the neighborhood families.
Who knew the couple were ahead of their time in the 90s! The Jetsons were too though back in the day!
My second experience with dome houses was through a music teacher that had a dome house in the woods. It was always fun to visit her to feed the deer in her backyard. I was always fascinated by the interior design as well, esp how things fit into the two leveled space.
These are just two experiences that captured my love of unique homes.
It really benefits children and adults to befriend those with creative outlooks on life. It can take you to some creative places in life!
I spoke a bit about some of the unique environments that I experienced in Asia as well. It still comes back to dome houses though as my favorite. There’s no surprise that Japan has some of the most eco-friendly, hurricane proof, and earthquake proof dome houses to view.
One community is the "Village Zone" of Aso Farm Land. You can preview it on Tripadvisor.
You can visit its dome features HERE. These buildings are used as homes, shops, restaurants, and more!
P.S. If you have little ones, consider the soccer design above. Sleeping on the floor, esp if it's heated, is very cozy! You can spread out and avoid decorating with bulky furniture!
Would you consider living in a dome home in the future?
If you're not using the street view feature, I don't know how you're planning your Bucket List travels? Know before you go with a virtual tour! :)
I recently started touring northern Okinawa. Tonight I zoomed into a sea wall mural feature. Look what I came across! It's cute right? :) You can tour all of the murals with just a click.
P.S. I also look for trash. The Mother Earth in me really hates to see beautiful islands covered in litter. So far so good. Japan will spoil you with clean streets. It is handy though for people who wish to volunteer (I've done my share) or work with the communities. Just FYI.
When you're a chill digital nomad, you really want to explore places that make your work-life balance as nonstressful as possible. That is what set my journey off in 2019 to Asia.
Many people paint images in their head of certain people, places, and things, esp when exploring Asian countries. Many places are great to visit for awhile if you take your needs into consideration though. You just have to weigh the Pros and Cons for yourself.
One place that has always been on my bucket list to explore since Hawaii is Okinawa.
If you've ever explored Hawaii's local areas, you will see a few Okinawan influences
(Example: Okinawan protective Shisa (lion) statues).
It's enough to make you want to explore the Japanese "Hawaii" as well.
Here's some great points about Okinawa's longevity and happiness from their tourism website (https://www.visitokinawa.jp/information/wisdom-of-long-life).
Point A: "Okinawa Prefecture is known for the longevity of its people, but Ogimi Village in the Northern Okinawa Main Island is specifically known as the “Village of Longevity”, and people conscious of their health are becoming more and more aware of Ogimi’s name not only in Japan but throughout the world."
Point B: "When you actually visit Ogimi Village and talk to people, three main components emerge.
1. Our rich natural environment includes the sea, rivers, and mountains, and we live “without worry or hurry,” and relax.
2. We practice a diet that includes a wide range of nutrients from various sources such as meat (animal protein), island vegetables, and fruits.
3. In the spirit of the “lifelong activity”, we participate in the events and social activities of our village."
Point C: "Specifically, comparing the average Japanese meals to the diet in Ogimi, the following four points are obvious. In Ogimi Village,
a) People eat meat often
b) The consumption of green and yellow vegetables is about three times higher
c) The consumption of legumes including tofu is 1.5 times higher
d) They eat plenty of fruits
Eating meat and legumes means eating protein. Protein is a major component of cells and the ingestion of high-quality proteins such as tofu, meat, and milk is believed to improve the function of immune cells. High immunity supports a healthy long life without diseases. As for the consumption of green vegetables and fruits, including carotene (vitamin A) and also nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, etc., all are believed to be a factor supporting healthy longevity."
Are you adding Okinawa to your 2021 Bucket List?
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