CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK
Despite the warm breeze still calling me to the beach, the holiday season is once again approaching. If you aren’t set on giving a gift uniquely Okinawan, consider Asia Ichiba.
Ichiba means marketplace in Japanese, and Asia Ichiba carries a variety of imports from India, Thailand, and the Philippines. I have often driven past this shop and wonder what it held, the bright yellow roof catching my eye. The ground floor is a skate board clothing and accessory store, so head up the stairs to the second floor.
Textiles, pillows, candles and holders, lamps, hand-beaded bags, jewelry, wood-carved animal figurines in sizes from miniature to life-sized, handbags, glassware, tea sets, ceramics, tiled mirrors and stationary fill the space and most of these items are truly unique and interesting.
Spanning the back of the store are clothes – part used American sports jerseys and clothing, and part newly crafted and imported (primarily) from India. I spotted these cute mother-daughter matching dresses, although depending on sizes it might be older sister-younger sister dresses.
Stairways on both edges of the store lead to a loft packed with solid wood furniture. Compared to what I’ve seen at the base concessionaires and a few off-base markets, the furniture is very well priced.
Hours: Daily 1100 – 2000
Payment: Yen and credit cards accepted.
Directions: Across 58 from Camp Foster, approximately 1.1 km north from Foster Gate 5 (Commissary gate). Ample parking in front and behind store.