Did you know?: May 8, Goya no Hi - Bitter Melon Day

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

May 8 is supposed to be “Goya no Hi (day of bitter melon)” in Okinawa. The vegetable, which is rich in vitamin C, is thought to be one of the signature veggies of the prefecture. The date was picked because the numbers 5 and 8 can be pronounced in Japanese “Go” and “ya.”


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