Teirabui

Chang

Feb 3, 2017

Let me introduce the ultimate relaxation experience – a visit to Teirabui home-style restaurant on Hamahiga Island.

First, I recommend you rent a car to get there. While driving past Underwater Road to Hamahiga Bridge, you’ll feel like you are travelling through the sea as there’s nothing but the vast blue sea on either side of the long bridge.

On Hamahiga Island, drive carefully along the narrow streets and follow the small signboards to find a parking lot. You should see a beautiful row of hibiscus flowers as you step out of your car. Follow the row and they’ll lead you to a rustic but well-kept Japanese-style house.

Perched on its red tile roof, is a Shisa – a lion statue, which is a symbol of protection commonly found on Okinawan houses. The house also has a Hinpun entrance, a gate made of rocks for privacy and to ward off evil spirits.

A signboard at the house, which reads: ‘Teirabui’, a local dialect that translates to ‘Basking in the sun’, lets you know you have arrived! Why not do just that? Bask in the sun as you wait for the restaurant to open.

When I visited, I sat in the garden listening to birds singing. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia – as if I were a child visiting my grandmother during the summer vacation.

When the store opens, take off your shoes and open the sliding door. Although you’re not from Okinawa, you will feel right at home as you’re greeted with 'Ketanna” or “Welcome home” – just like your grandmother would.

In the house, you’ll see a tatami mattress, a picture of an ancestor and a dining table with a samisen (a traditional Japanese string instrument).


Enjoy the local cuisine as you take in your surroundings. The pork is juicy and savory, while the Jimami toufu tempura tastes exquisite.

After your meal, I recommend relaxing on the tatami to relieve your fatigue.

While most people think of spas when it comes to relaxation in Okinawa, this is truly the perfect place to feel rejuvenated and relaxed! Watch a video

レンタカーを飛ばし、「海中道路」から「浜比嘉大橋」へと、まさに海の中を突っ切るように美しい道を進むと、浜比嘉島へ到着します。島の細い道を小さな看板を頼りに、本当にこの先で良いのか、とソロソロと進むと、
なんとか駐車場に辿り着きます。古き良き沖縄の佇まいをたたえた、ハイビスカスの咲く静かな通りを歩くと、赤瓦屋根にシーサー、入口にはヒンプン(家の門の内側にある目隠し&魔除け)がある。


すばらしく手入れされた古民家が現れます。店名の「てぃーらぶい」は島の方言で日向ぼっこの意味だそうで、居心地の良い軒先で日向ぼっこをしながら、しばし開店を待ちます。
鳥のさえずりにつつまれながら、庭にたたずんでいると、まるで幼き頃の夏休み、おばあちゃんの家に遊びに来た時のような、ノスタルジックな気分がよみがえります。


靴を脱ぎ家に上がると、板張りの廊下、畳の座敷、梁に掲げられたご先祖様の写真、ちゃぶ台、床の間の三線、、、沖縄出身ではないのに、
まるで、おばあに
「けーたんなー」と迎えられたような懐かしさを感じます。
そんな雰囲気の中で味わう郷土料理は、ことのほか優しい味。中身汁にスーチカー、ジューシー、、、特にジーマミー豆腐の天ぷらは絶品です。

食後は畳の間にごろんと寝転がってお昼寝したくなるようなほっこり感。沖縄でリラクゼーションと言えばリゾートでスパなどのイメージですが、この癒され感は、別の意味で究極のリラクゼーションスポットと言えるかもしれません。 ビデオを見る

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