Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Okinawa - Back Streets of Makishi Area in Naha










I have so many photos and so much I want to tell/share about Okinawa and I don't really know where to start, but I guess Naha would be a good start. Naha is the capital city of Okinawa prefecture and I think everyone would go past it when visiting Okinawa main island. We didn't spend that much time in Naha but had a nice lunch at the Makishi Market on Kokusai-dori street and then walked around the back of the market into cute small streets which I really enjoyed.

Among the quiet neighborhood with old buildings and shops, we reached an aubergine coloured lovely looking shop. It's one of the places I wanted to visit in Okinawa - a truly charming little shop called GARB DOMINGO owned by my friend who moved to Okinawa from Tokyo and opened this shop last year. It is filled with so many lovely ceramics and glassware made by local designers/artists or the ones who have some connection to Okinawa, and it's an absolute gem this shop! I wanted to buy the whole shop if I could, but I only got a beautiful hanging glass vase and a sea-green coloured bowl you see in the above photo which reminds me of Okinawa so much, both by local young artists. (He has a good collection of ceramics by Makoto Kagoshima too! Apparently he has studied in Okinawa.)

I so wish there was a shop like this near me but if there was I might go broke? So now I can't wait to go back to Okinawa and visit there again. If you are ever in Naha, do make sure you stop by and say hi to my friend, you will not regret it ;)

GARB DOMINGO
1-6-3 Tsuboya Naha-shi
Okinawa 902-0065 (google map)
open- 9:30-13:00 / 15:00-19:00
close- Monday & Wednesday

22 comments:

  1. I am green with envy about your travels! Garb Domingo looks like such a wonderful shop... I especially like the painted dishes in the sixth and seventh photos and would be happy to own any or all of them.

    Hiki, I hope you won't mind my mentioning it here, but I am hosting a small giveaway of a necklace and photos on my blog
    (www.gemmifer-jennifer.blogspot.com)
    and a sale in my Etsy shop
    (www.etsy.com/shop/jzinn)
    I would be so happy if you would stop by and enter the giveaway. Thanks!

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  2. Hello hiki,
    the package is arrived saftly...thanks so much for your lovley card...the pictures above are so beautiful...have a great creative week and until then...cheers and hugs...frauheuberg

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  3. Amazing pottery!!
    Happy week my friend! :)

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  4. I can't wait to see Okinawa! Lovely post.

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  5. okinawa seems so magical. i love your photos! they're so inspirational. keep up the great work!

    http://byaccidentsandsagacity.blogspot.com/

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  6. ah another place to add to my japan list! looks great hiki!

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  7. I lived in Okinaw, as well as Tokyo and Yokohama more than 25 years ago. I was as as taken by Okinawa as you as. Your blog reminded me of that wonderful island. Your blog was great and shows me some of the interesting changes which have happened. Keep writing!
    Jack

    http://jackdibenedetto.blogspot.com/

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  8. Aargh! I want to go back to Japan!

    PS I am having a giveaway on my blog - you should enter.

    Elissa xxx

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  9. oooh thanks for beginning to share your okinawa stories! i cant wait to see/hear more! i would love to go to okinawa one day :-)

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  10. your friend's shop looks wonderful!
    Okinawa looks very laidback and charming :)

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  11. such lovely ceramics!
    i really enjoy how you explore places of the beaten track - it's the best way to discover hidden treasures isn't it? ^^

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  12. you obviously had a wonderful time by the looks of things! my friends all speak highly of okinawa and i can see why!!
    あぁ~行ってみたい!

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  13. I love all of the ceramics--what a wonderful little shop!

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  14. oh, i love this post so much! your friend's shop is wonderful, how i wish to have some of these ceramics :-) thanks for sharing Hiki.
    seems you have a wonderful time:-)

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  15. Such a gorgeous blog; thank you for sharing!

    If you’d like, please stop by my blog for a chance to win a fine art photographic giclee print...by me :)

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  16. sweet little shop :) and beautiful ceramics as well.

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  17. Thank you thank you thank you all!
    I'm glad many of you like my friend's shop, it looks lovely doesn't it! And gorgeous ceramics, and yes Jennifer I bought that painted dish seen in the seventh photo :)

    Jack, how amazing you lived in Japan especially in Okinawa more than 25 years ago! I don't know if you have been back to Japan since, but you will probably be amazed to see all the changes, though I wonder how Okinawa has changed in 25 years time....

    And thank you Jennifer, Elissa, and Walter Helena for your giveaway news, I might have missed my chance.... but I hope it all went well!!!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend to eveyrone!

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  18. Hello- You take such lovely photos- I am happy I found your blog- Nice to meet you I am your follower 144.

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  19. 桜坂劇場...the best logo/color ever!

    Your friend's shop looks so charming.

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  20. Lady Ren, hello and thank you for finding my blog!! lovely to meet you too :)

    Bree, i thought you'd like this.

    ai-san, 桜坂劇場 looked marvelous just as how cool its logo is! and yep, my friend's shop was absolutely charming.

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your kind words are always welcome and appreciated! arigato :)

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