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 ;)