Speakin’ Japanese: Visiting Little Okinawa in Tsurumi, Yokohama

Speakin’ Japanese: Visiting Little Okinawa in Tsurumi, Yokohama

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Here’s some phrases that will be helpful when you visit Tsurumi.

“Okinawa ni ikitai desu.” = I want to go to Okinawa. (“ni ikitai” = want to go to)

“Okinawa soba ga daisuki desu.” = I love Okinawan noodles. (“soba” = noodle, “daisuki” = love)

“Okinawa ni sundeita kotoga arimasu.” = I used to live on Okinawa. (“ni sunde” = live in, “kotoga arimasu” = used to)

“Okinawa ni tomodachi ga imasu.” = I have a friend on Okinawa. (“tomodachi” = friend, “ga imasu” = there is)

“Okinawa wa totemo kirei desu.” = Okinawa is very beautiful. (“totemo” = very, “kirei” = beautiful)

You can speak to the Tsurumi locals (Okinawan) in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“Ukimi soochii.” = Good morning.
“Chuuga mabira.” = Good afternoon.s
“Achisai biin yaa ?” = It’s hot, isn’t it?
“Chassaya ibiiga?” = How much is it?

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