• Prairie
    December 23, 2016

    Prairie Custom Flower Shop

    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA 30 years ago Yuriko Takayama began her professional career as a dentist in the mega metropolis of Tokyo. After a 20-year career she decided to transition to a less stressful…
    December 21, 2016

    Always Sunshine Co. Gallery

    CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREA WOOD Always Sunshine Co. Gallery is a Hawaiian-based store here in Okinawa, located in Yomitan. It is a fine art gallery and select shop and definitely a must if you’re looking…
  • point cards
    September 30, 2016

    Point Cards

    CONTRIBUTED BY KERI CARLSON When I lived stateside I used to love when stores had frequent-buyer cards. I think most of my wallet was taken up with various point cards or store loyalty cards. Who…
  • Kokusai Dori
    July 18, 2016

    Kokusai Dori, Naha

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Kokusai Dori (street) is a hugely popular tourist spot located in Naha, Okinawa’s capital city. The name Kokusai Dori translates to “international road”. It’s one…
  • Aeon
    July 11, 2016

    Aeon on Okinawa

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Aeon is a chain of malls found throughout Japan and Asia. They are the biggest retail operator on the continent. On Okinawa, they are spread throughout the prefecture,…
  • rainbow bingata4
    June 8, 2016

    Nijigame Shouten 虹亀商店 – Rainbow-Turtle Bingata

    CONTRIBUTED BY KENDRA MIGITA Nestled in the country side of the island's south lays the most exquisite bingata shop called Nijigame Shouten (虹亀商店), which literal translation means Rainbow-Turtle…
  • Vintage Yard (1)
    May 11, 2016

    Vintage Yard Antiques

    CONTRIBUTED BY JASON ANNIS There is something about the way things were made many years ago that has a timeless allure. If you are looking for a special gift or a rare knick-knack then be sure to…
  • American Village
    May 9, 2016

    Mihama American Village

    CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY American Village is a hugely popular tourist attraction. A short drive off Highway 58, between Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base, and across from Camp Lester, it’s a must-visit…
  • Makeman
    May 3, 2016

    Makeman Home Improvement Store a.k.a. Monkey Store

    Editor's Note: Makeman was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on October 14, 2009; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The post below is an updated take on this attraction, published…
  • Obi
    April 20, 2016

    Gakiya’s Obi & Kimono Shop

    Editor's Note: Gakiya's Obi & Kimono Shop was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on march 19, 2010; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The post below is an updated take on…
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