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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...

Kitamura Camera

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN AAFES sells cameras but not any of the accessories – lenses or additional batteries. I am not happy about that, but I...

Size Charts

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN Japanese sizing has been a problem for me. Probably because I was too lazy to figure out what I was doing,...

Shoe Cabinet

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN Most Japanese customs rock. One of my favorites is the removing of your shoes prior to entering a house, a restaurant,...

Futenma Antique Mall

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN I like antiques. Unfortunately, my version of antiques and the local version of antiques are two different things. That’s why I...

King Furniture

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER HANSEN King Furniture is one of my favorite furniture stores on the island. I swear if I had the room and the...

A Bento Shopping Spree

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL By definition Bento is a meal (typically lunch) served in a box. The longer you live in Japan and the more...

Calling All Flea Market Fanatics!

CONTRIBUTED BY STACI HAWLEY I've had good intentions of mustering up my piles of clutter and schlepping them down to the local flea market.  And...

Sanwa and Mitsuwa

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON I was referred to these stores by two different people for two different things but it turns out they...

Living Design Square – Awase

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY DECKER Can’t find a decent casual carpet for your living room? Bored with the monochromatic selections and limited styles offered at the...

How do you de-junk your trunk?

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY One sister for sale! One crying and spying young sister for sale! I'm really not kidding, So who'll start the bidding? Do I hear a dollar? A...

Navy Gift Shop & Kids Cottage

Editor's Note: This store changed its name to Navy Fleet Gift Shop and moved to a new location on Camp Shields in 2013. Click...

Where Do You Go To Make Copies of Keys?

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY One of the challenges and subsequent joys of living in Okinawa are finding those solutions for simple living dilemmas - like finding...

A Beginning, An End, and The Kitchen Sink.

CONTRIBUTED BY KANDY Military life is filled with bittersweet moments.  Making great new friends at each location means saying goodbye to those friends when PCS...

Rainbow House

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON Some of you may have heard of Rainbow House. It's an amazing two-story fabric/craft store. It's way easy to get to...

Total Reuse … Totally Cool

CONTRIBUTED BY DIANA MIDDLETON I recently found a nifty thrift store on the island and I think you will like it, too. In previous discussions...

Indo-ya

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO Indo-ya is to me a hidden gem of Park Avenue. (Side note: Indo means India in Japanese. Ya means store.) This store...

Plastic Bags

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO I have just written about a recyclable shopping bag I bought yesterday at G-AREA in Plaza Shopping Center as my Wednesday post...

Plaza House G-AREA

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO Have you read Meredith's "me & my PCS: VI"? My family and I are also moving from Okinawa back to the U.S....

Cafe Unizon / Mix Life-Style

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLYERACE So.  You’re on Camp Foster.  You’re shopping at the PX.  You suddenly find yourself A:  hungry  B:  tired as hell of looking...

100 Yen Store

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO I LOVE 100 yen stores.  We're moving back to the States this summer and one of the things that I will definitely...

Ramayana Asian Market

CONTRIBUTED BY JULIA Ramayana Asian Market is a great place to go if you're looking for something unique for your home or just some cool...

Help! In Need of Fencing!

CONTRIBUTED BY LAN This Okinawa Hai! reader will be joining our large community here on the island and is in dire need of fencing and...

Big 1

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO Many of you have probably seen the store “Big 1” with a yellow sign on top of its building. I have driven...

Important Question About Slipcovers

CONTRIBUTED BY KELLYERACE Has anyone bought slipcovers for their government couch/chairs?  I guess I should ask, has anyone bought slipcovers for gov't sofa/chairs that look...

Futon & Nitori (Home Furnishing Store)

Futon 4, originally uploaded by kahoristori. CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO If you’re expecting multiple house guests at the same time, but do not have enough beds to...

Where Do You Buy Affordable Items To Set Up House?

Furniture, shelves, kitchenware, organizational items and the like. Do tell. Comments include information on O!K Furniture Store in Awase (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Nitori in...

Kabi Killer, aka Japanese Mold Spray

Kabi Killer, originally uploaded by okimamas&papas. CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO I have it on good authority that this is the magic potion in the never-ending fight...

Flea markets, Thrift stores, and other Addictions: Bargain Hunting In Okinawa

By Downtown Julie Brown I'm a flea market junkie from way back. Like childhood. On Saturdays my family would climb into the station wagon and...