CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN
AAFES sells cameras but not any of the accessories – lenses or additional batteries.
I am not happy about that, but I got over it when I found Kitamura Camera (you can read this with Google translator). This place is awesome. Seriously, I felt like the heavens opened up and the angels began to sing. I think I’ve missed the camera stores in America where I can play with the cameras and lenses.
YOU CAN PLAY WITH THEM AT THIS STORE! YEA!
And their lenses – I’m in love. There was a particular lens that was about… er, 400000 Yen (or so) that I told my husband I wanted. He laughed at me. I think my Canon Rebel, Charlie, would love it – I even asked Charlie, and he said yes.
My husband said that Charlie didn’t get a vote.
Besides cameras, the store also has one of those dress-up in costume photo places (Mario Studio), will make photo prints for you, and fix your camera issues.
I knew what I wanted when I walked in the store. I had done my research: I knew the serial numbers, the prices that they would be in dollars and I even a picture just in case there was a language barrier.
The list came in handy, because it expedited the process, but I really shouldn’t have worried about the language thing. Most of the workers speak perfect English, they are very knowledgeable and the customer service rocked!
It turned out, I got everything I wanted, for less money (much less) than I would have spent online – even with the poor conversion rate. I am one happy girl. Best of all, it will only take a maximum of two weeks to arrive.
From Lester turn RIGHT; Kitamura will be on your left hand side directly after McDonalds.
From Kadena Gate 1 turn LEFT to merge onto 58 South (heading towards Naha). Stay on 58 past Camp Lester on your left and make sure you are in the right hand lane. When you see the McDonald’s on your right across from Foster (which will be on your left) then you need to make a u-turn at the next light. Kitamura is beside the McDonald’s. You will never turn off of 58 and at this time there is no other McDonald’s on 58 between Kadena Gate 1 and the Foster Commissary gate.
There is also a second location on 330 – I haven’t been myself, so I’m not a 100% sure of the directions.
Vaguely they are: Exit Kadena gate 2 and take a left on 330 which is the big intersection with the koza music building and then head through the 329 intersection so that actually the road changes names to 75 and it should be there on your left not too far up.