We head to an Okinawan restaurant to try yagijiru goat soup and other things we didn’t know exist

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Local landmark in Ishigaki has a very unique menu.

In Japanese, the word shiru, also pronounced jiru, means “soup.” Miso soup, for example, is called misoshiru, and tonjiru, a kind of soup with pork and vegetables, is a popular food during the colder months of the year.

But on a recent trip to Okinawa, we found something we’d never tried before: yagijiru, or goat soup.

Goat itself is pretty rare in Japan, but the animals are raised in Okinawa’s Yaeyama Island chain. We came across the yagijiru on Ishigakijima Island, the easternmost of the Yaeyama Islands, at

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