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American Variety Shop, Frank Plaza

CONTRIBUTED BY MARISSA MATSUZAKI Have you ever had that experience where in spite of all your planning and organization nothing seems to go right? You...

Bonsai Tree Nursery

CONTRIBUTED BY IVAN I was cruising down the street in my '64—actually it’s my '98, but the year of my whip is not what I...

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...

Manga Souko マンガ倉庫 – Recycle Store

Recycle Store Exterior CONTRIBUTED BY STEPHANIE MONROE I’ve been on Okinawa about a year now, and since our arrival I’ve been lamenting the loss of one...

Barclays Court

CONTRIBUTED BY ANGI BRZYCKI Barclay Exterior Truthfully, I am not really a fan of strip malls with the exception of Barclay's court in Urasoe City. For one,...

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...

Do-It-Yourself Store

CONTRIBUTED BY CASSANDRA ABEL DIY Sign If you have ever driven south on 58 towards Naha or live on Kinser I’m sure you have see this...

Chikyu Zakka Warehouse

CONTRIBUTED BY KHURSTEN CORNWALL Chikyu Exterior If you’re looking for a last minute gift, something unique and worldly, quaint and cute, or just a great thing...

Fukubukuro 福袋 – “Lucky Bags”

We aren't certain we are getting this info to you in time!  But on the off chance that some stores are still offering these,...

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...

Koza Gate Apartment

CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN SCHALK Koza Gate Pottery In my case, finding Koza Gate Apartment, a combined boutique and art gallery, could be best described as a...

Kadena Gift Corner

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE Kadena Gift Front Where do you buy gifts for friends and family back in the States? I, for one, suffer from the...

Army on Okinawa Gift Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE I don't want to alarm anyone but THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!  *ahem* (I think my panic and unpreparedness...

Curtains in Housing – Foster Towers

Before coming to Okinawa I was faced with the daunting task of guessing where we might be living and hoping for some answers. It’s...

Sun Sea

CONTRIBUTED BY KATHERINE MOORE If you live by Kadena Gate 3 or use that gate frequently, you have probably seen this large green building with...

GoodWill Computer Store

CONTRIBUTED BY ANALICIA MCCLELLAN This post is for all the computer junkies out there!  Is your computer in need of a repair? Do you want...

Furniture and Flower Lapin

CONTRIBUTED BY KATHRYN CALAGUI When my family and I first arrived the island, one of our biggest concerns was furnishing our house. We came here...

Green Note Stationery

CONTRIBUTED BY JANAE BURGER Some of you miss Macy’s or Kroger’s, me? I miss Hobby Lobby. Sure, you can find a handful of crafty items...

La Petit Prix

CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK   La Petit Prix is a quaint café and store reminiscent of a French farmhouse.  While the exterior is white stucco wrapped...

Acute Furniture Shop: Ethnic & Regional Cultural Experience

CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK Acute is a furniture store not to be overlooked. Acute carries beautiful, new furniture made primarily of teak wood from Indonesia.  Crafted in Indonesia,...

Jusco

Editor's Note: The Juscos on Okinawa have been renamed Aeon. Aeon is the parent company of Jusco and Juscos across Asia have been falling...

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...

Yamada Tech

 CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINECZUBIK I've heard Yamada Tech called Japan's Best Buy, and it is certainly the place in Okinawa to "geek out".  Computers, electronics, cameras, video games,...

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...

Harika Gift Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA TRAQUAIR This gift shop was a fun place to browse, with 2 stories of gift items in every corner.  It looks like...

Christian Book & Gift Store

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA TRAQUAIR Finding a church when you first arrive on Okinawa is not an easy task and can take several months, if not...

Anchor Shoji – The Kitchen Supply Store

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON Anchor Shoji is a great place to find unique Okinawan pottery and kitchen ware such as teapots, plate sets, etc.  The...

Family Boutique

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLYERACE Where do you buy your home decor on the island? Not art, but I guess what you might call "interior goods." Towels,...

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...

A-Price

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA TRAQUAIR This week's post is a stretch for me as I don't spend much time in places such as these!  My partner-in-crime, Dasha,...