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CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO
In Okinawa, you see a pair of shisa sitting at a gate, outside of an entrance, or sometimes on a roof. They are the protection charm of the house. One that has a mouth open is a male shisa and the other with a mouth closed is a female. The male is supposed to be on the right side when you are facing them.
So, where can you find them? There are many places that you can find shisa, but here I would like to introduce two places.
There is a restaurant right next to the second store on your left. I think that this restaurant is attached to the store. It’s a cute little restaurant that serves some Okinawan and western dishes. How about some coffee after you took a walk in Yachimun no Sato?
My husband and I like taking our guests to Yachimun no Sato. It’s a fun place to walk around and they might find something that they like to bring home as souvenir.
From Naha, head north on Highway 58 towards Nago. Keep left and continue through Kadena Circle on Highway 58. Turn left on Route 12 at the Kina crossroad. Look for a small sign saying “Village of Potters” in English. Turn right and follow the paved road to the left.
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YOMITAN VILLAGE JOINT SALE CENTER
This is a store where you can find potteries made by various artists who live in Yomitan Village. It’s located right on Highway 58. It’s close to Yachimun no Sato. Why don’t you stop by here after you toured Yachimun no Sato?
There is a very nice soba restaurant attached to the store. I had a typical Okinawan soba (noodle) dish and it was very good! I recommend this restaurant for those who are traveling to the north. Good place to stop by to eat and shop!
Drive north of Highway 58. Pass the Kina Junction with Route 12. Keep driving a little longer. The center will show up on your left. You will see those two shisa sitting outside of the building from Highway 58.