CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER SHUE
Digging through some of the old Okinawa Hai posts, I came across an entry for ETWS. I didn’t even know that it was on Okinawa Hai and I’ve been reading this site regularly for about a year and a half now! But the five sentence review didn’t scratch the surface of all the stuff that is in ETWS!
In this store’s three floors, there is a little bit of almost everything decorative, crafty, kitschy, and kitchen-y you could need. Let’s say you have a shopping list with items like scrapbooking supplies, chirimen, origami paper, bento box sets (both traditional lacquer and contemporary plastic with cutsey cartoon characters), bath mats, coffee mugs, apron, scented bath sets, vase, silk flowers, wall art, picture frames, wall clock, Ponyo merchandise (or other Studio Ghibli character merchandise), Elmer the Patchwork Elephant towels, cactus toilet scrubber, Christmas in July decorating supplies and costume, photo album, slippers, tabi socks, folding tables, Care Bears, coasters, rubber chicken, etc.
Ok, so maybe you aren’t interested in some of those things. But if you were, you could get all of them at ETWS. And more.
Prices are not bad, depending on the current yen rate… but it does depend on what you buy. On my most recent trip I bought a framed piece of watercolor art for about 3,000Y, a Care Bear for my daughter’s birthday (~1,200Y), and a kitchen towel (between 500 and 600Y) and thought it was a pretty fair deal. I saw a little VW Bus speaker thing that I think you plug an ipod into (my husband is both a Bus nut and an Apple fan, to put it mildly on both counts) but I think that was more like 9,000Y and I found that to be an absurd price. But that’s just me. I even looked at some Skagen watches while in there one time.
Aside from the location in this post, there is also a second location near the big Naha Jusco, south of the airport, on 221 just across from the Akamine stop on the monorail.
Hours: 11:00 AM-12:00 AM
Directions: From Camp Lester – Make a LEFT onto 58. Take a RIGHT at the 2nd light which is also the intersection for 130 and 58 (Castle Bakery will be located on the far right corner). Head straight past the 1st light into the parking lot for ETWS.