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Freaky Hands

CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREA WOOD The name sounds like it would be a massage parlor or a spa, but it’s actually a boutique. Every day I...

Prairie Custom Flower Shop

Prairie Custom Flower Shop. CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA 30 years ago Yuriko Takayama began her professional career as a dentist in the mega-metropolis of Tokyo. After...

Always Sunshine Co. Gallery

Always Sunshine Co. Gallery. Best Place for Beach and Souvenirs in Yomitan. CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREA WOOD Always Sunshine Co. Gallery is a Hawaiian-based store here in...

Chubu Jewelry Repair Shop- Best Jewelry Sales and Repair Shop In...

Chubu Jewelry Repair Shop CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A.   I’ve been meaning to write this post up for a while now but put it off until 3...

Kokusai Dori, Naha: A Mecca For Tourists

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Kokusai Dori (street) is a hugely popular tourist spot located in Naha, Okinawa’s capital city. The name Kokusai Dori translates to...

Exploring Aeon Malls in Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY Aeon is a chain of malls found throughout Japan and Asia. They are the biggest retail operator on the continent. On...

Nijigame Shouten 虹亀商店 – Rainbow-Turtle Bingata

CONTRIBUTED BY KENDRA MIGITA Nestled in the countryside of the island's south lays the most exquisite bingata shop called Nijigame Shouten (虹亀商店), which literal translation...

Onna Station Market & Onna Village Culture and Information Center

Onna Station Market & Onna Village Culture and Information Center CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER GILES The Onna Village Culture and Information Center and Onna Station Nakayukui Market...

Vintage Yard Antiques

Vintage Yard Antiques CONTRIBUTED BY JASON ANNIS There is something about the way things were made many years ago that has a timeless allure. If you...

Mihama American Village

Mihama American Village CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY American Village is a hugely popular tourist attraction. A short drive off Highway 58, between Camp Foster and Kadena...

Nago Pineapple Park

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY You may be wondering “What’s so good about a pineapple park?” Well, my friends, let me tell you. This is one...

Daiso: 100 Yen Heaven!

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY You can find bargain stores pretty much anywhere in the world. We love a good bargain don’t we? Especially on all...

Seiten – The Yomitan Glass Man

CONTRIBUTED BY ANNIE CASTRO My husband and I discovered someone that we now call “The Glass Man” on one of our first drives on the...

Yadokari Studio

CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE ODRISCOLL A few weeks ago on one of our famous Oki Fun Days, we headed out to Hamahiga Island for the first...

Bacchus Flower Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF Bacchus: Greek God of wine and revelry; the Roman name for Dionysus, god of wine and lively social gatherings. It's also the...

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...

Art by Soyama Naoyuki

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF Several weeks ago, I went to Kokusai Street in Naha with some friends. We stumbled upon an art exhibition featuring a...

Yomitan Pottery Village (Yachimun No Sato)

CONTRIBUTED BY MINDY MORRIS This adorable little village is comprised of a series of small houses, kilns and shops that sprawl over a small hill...

Run Oki Clothing Store

CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA SNELL You may have seen the shirts and sweatshirts around town; the Run Oki logo is so distinct and eye-catching. I remember...
Café Ishigufu l Okinawa Hai!

Café Ishigufu いしぐふー

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF  Ask around: What does the name Ishigufu mean in the Okinawan language? I can’t seem to find an answer. My husband and...

Ginoza Flea and Farmer’s Market

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA If you have spent any significant time on Okinawa, you are well aware of the base flea markets that are held...

Shikui-Shisa

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA For those in the market for unique Okinawan souvenirs, there is new pottery shop along Highway 329 in Yaka that is...

Toytoy Bakery

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF Like any lady, I’m a sucker for chocolate. And boy have I found a great place to get my fix! After...

Flowers Off Base: Meruhen Flower Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY ANNIS While looking for a new restaurant, my husband and I decided to go exploring on highway 330. Little did we know...

Yamada Tokeiten – Watch Store

CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER I wear a watch every day and honestly I feel naked when I don’t have it on. So when my watch’s...

Vanilla Essence Women’s Clothing Store

CONTRIBUTED BY KELSEY FEENEY I’d like to introduce you to Vanilla Essence, another one of my favorite shopping spots located conveniently in American Village! Vanilla...

Fleet Gift Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY POLLY SHAFER Editor's Note: This store, formerly known as the Navy Gift Shop, was originally featured on our site in 2008. Since then,...

Posta Collect Gotochi Postcards

CONTRIBUTED BY MUNEERAH BEE Sometimes I think that my curiosity and interest about the world had humble beginnings from my hobbies of collecting stamps and...

Ryukyu Glass Outlet

CONTRIBUTED BY SANDRA STAMOS Everyone loves to shop at outlet malls, right? We all know there is Ashibinaa Outlet Mall south of the Naha airport. But did...

Seria

CONTRIBUTED BY MARLOW TOWNES I’ve only been on the island for seven weeks, and already one of my children’s (ages 6 and 8) favorite activities...

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