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Bingata Kijimuna

CONTRIBUTED BY JULIE WOOLERY Bingata is a form of painting on fabric that uses stencil patterns and multiple colors of paint. It has been part...

The Ribbon Store (Food & Package Ribbon)

CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID One of the frequently asked questions on “the Facebook” is, “Where can I find ?” Well, if your “item” happens to...

Fresh Flower Shopping

CONTRIBUTED BY SANDRA STAMOS Looking to buy some fresh flowers? Want to make your own arrangements? Where do you get flowers here in Okinawa? We...

Sticky Pics

CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA SNELL Have you seen high school kids walking around with these fancy decorated pictures all over their binders? Perhaps you’ve seen people...

Sakima Art Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY MUNEERAH BEE  The Sakima Art Museum lies literally inches away from the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. In fact, the land...

Okinawa Art Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY MUNEERAH BEE Housed in the same building as the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, the Okinawa Art Museum truly exceeded my expectations of an art...

Ryukyu Lacquerware Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS On a recent rainy weekend we decided to go for a drive to the southern portion of the island.  We went...

Tokyu Hands

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH PHILLIPS Stationary, kitchen supplies, educational toys, purses, seasonal decorations, health & beauty supplies. Tokyu Hands has them all (and more)! Tokyu Hands is...

Urasoe Art Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Urasoe Art Building Want to see some of the most amazing cultural treasures of the Ryukyu kingdom? Head on over to the...

Washi Tape

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY ZENKEWICH Washi Box Washi Collage On a Japanese craft blog I read, Hello Sandwich, the Australian writer, editor and designer dedicates a lot of...

Tsuboya Pottery Village

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Tsuboya Vill Map Tsuboya Vill Street After visiting the Tsuboya Pottery Museum, don’t miss taking a walk down Yachimun Alley. Plan on...

Tsuboya Pottery Museum

Tsuboya Museum Front CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Naha’s Tsuboya District has been the center of Okinawan pottery since 1682, but they say the earthenware first began...

Ryukyu Glass Craft Village

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Ryukyu Glass Photo Op Beautiful, vibrant, enjoyable, eye-pleasing, engaging fun, are just a few words to describe the experiences awaiting you at...

Bashofu Weaving Factory

CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES Bashofu Exterior While on a weekend trip to Okuma, we decided to look for places off the beaten path. We came across...

Shuri Ryusen Bingata

CONTRIBUTED BY CLAIRE BRAY-COLLINS I’m a sucker for a good adventure. Heck! I’m a sucker for a good old fashioned tourist trap. I don’t mind...

Wood Crafts near Okuma

CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES Wood Crafts Bldg While driving home from Okuma, we came across a shop that boasted of hand-carved trinkets, toys and other wooden...

Bokunen Art Museum

Bokunen Exterior 2 CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK For me, moving to Okinawa has been, for a variety of reasons, both a wonderful opportunity as well as...

Japanese Online Shopping: Rakuten Global Market

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK rakuten purchasesII As holiday season approaches, time, patience, and energy are all beginning to run short, while social commitments and gift lists...

Pottery Class in Okinawa City

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FILLMAN My husband and I are new to Okinawa and really want to dive into some of the unique cultural experiences that...

Sentorayaki – Wood-fired Kiln

CONTRIBUTED BY STEVE SINGER Like FIRE?  If you're going to Nago, enjoy nature, or just want to get off the radar, you may want to...

The Fabric Girl

UPDATE: This storefront is now closed, but lives on in its online form at www.thefabricgirl.com. See the comments below. CONTRIBUTED BY AMANDA WEBB Most people...

Purikura Photos

CONTRIBUTED SARRA MCMILLAN Shortly after my arrival in Okinawa in December 2009, a new-found friend pulled me towards the flashing lights and screaming sounds of...

House of 66 Cents

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA LESPERANCE After seeing the posts on Rainbow House and the Hand Craft Shop that reference the House of 66 Cents, I wanted to...

Make Your Own Salt at Gala Salt Factory

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON Next time you're looking for a fun activity for your family over the weekend, why not consider a visit to the...

Hand Craft Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINECZUBIK Attention crafters!  There's a shop near Gate 2 Street to supply your creative needs. Yarn, beads, fabric and notions of all kinds, the Hand...

Kyoko Art Gallery

CONTRIBUTED BY MARY RICHARDSON Next time you head to Shuri Castle, why not take a short detour and drop in Kyoko Art Gallery? Kyoko Nakamoto is...

Asia Ichiba

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...

Nankuru: Pottery & Garden Supplies

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA Many of us have passed this interesting corner lot, filled with huge treasures just waiting to decorate our yards and homes.  You...

Sachi’s Japanese Antiques

Editor's Note: Thanks to Tamara for leaving the following information in our comments. Sachi's was closed down but appears to have reopened.  Here's what...

Green Tea Shop & Cafe

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA A few weeks back the fam went up to the Aquarium for the day. Unfortunately, that day was a Tuesday which...