Saving the Serpentine Soup of Ryukyu
On this episode, we go to Kitanakagusuku Village in Okinawa Prefecture to meet US-born Alex Hopson, who works at a restaurant that serves a kind of soup with an unusual main ingredient - venomous sea snake! It's a dish that dates back to when the Ryukyu Kingdom ruled over Okinawa. Alex has made it his mission to preserve this unique soup and the local culinary culture. We also visit a language school in Hiroshima Prefecture where Benjamin Stringer, also from the US, cleverly combines English and piano lessons.
Said to have invigorating properties, sea snake soup was served to royalty in the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom
Alex also works remotely as a legal consultant for a firm based in New York
Alex, his wife and his mother-in-law work together to ensure Okinawa's tasty traditions don't disappear
Started during the pandemic, Benjamin's online lessons have become quite popular