Okinawa has its own history and culture, which is reflected in the foods you’ll find here. Since Okinawa is so far to the south, you will also find that many of the fields are filled with satokibi, or sugarcane. It might not surprise you then that one of Okinawa’s local treats is a kind of Black Sugar candy made directly from the juice of sugar cane plants.
On Kume Island, the Oyatsumura shop continues the tradition of handmade black sugar candy. For the past ten years, Mr. Kome and his family have been making Black Sugar from their own harvest of sugarcane.
Originally started with a pot in a garden, over the years Oyatsumura has built up to include a small factory where they produce sugar twice a week through the satokibi harvesting season (January through April).
Store and Factory
Oyatsumura is located in the Higa district north of Eef beach along the main road that circles Kumejima. You can most easily find it by searching out the Enos Gas Station in that part of Kume. It is located on the other side of the intersection.
- Address: 88 Higa, Kumejima-cho, Okinawa-ken, 901-3108 Japan
- Phone: 090-985-8115
- Products: Black Sugar Candy, locally-made shisa, other local gifts and omiyage