2017年02月16日

'Kokusaidori' also known as 'Miraculous one mile' is the busiest street in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture.

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The old downtown of Okinawa, where a fierce land battle was fought at the end of the Second World War, had been under the administration of the US forces. The locals who lived in some areas, where is necessary for the US forces, were compelled to move to the neighborhood of Kokusaidori street. The vicinity of this street was deserted and quiet in those years, and thereafter the black market spread on the street. Kokusaidori literally meaning 'International Street' was named after 'Ernie Pyle International Movie Theatre', which was built on this street in 1948. Present Kokusaidori is flanked with many souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels for the sightseers inside and outside Japan, as shown in the first picture. On the other hand, the shopping streets for the locals are found on the side streets of this busiest street. As shown in the second picture, they are such as 'Heiwadori' street and 'Makishi' public market.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 11:01 | Okinawa | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年02月14日

On the backstreet of 'Kokusai-dori' street in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, unique shopping areas such as 'Makishi' public market and 'Tsuboya Yachimun Street' are found.

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Strictly speaking, Makishi public market is made up of three markets, such as a miscellaneous goods market, clothing market and food market. But as the former two markets stand in other places than this vicinity, Makishi public market alluded here is the food market. This market is a two-story building, the first floor of which is for a food market focused on fresh fish, and the second floor is for an inexpensive food stall as shown in the first and second pictures. It's interesting that the fresh fish bought on the first floor is cooked on the second floor to serve you at the stall based on your request.
As shown in the third picture, both sides of Tsuboya Yachimun Street is lined with many pottery shops. This neighborhood survived the wartime destruction during the second World War, and so there still remains the nostalgic townscape of old Okinawa.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 15:04 | Okinawa | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年03月20日

A traditional private house in Okinawa looks different from that of Japan's mainland.

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These two pictures were taken at the 'Okinawa World' theme park in the south of Naha City, where many native private houses across the Okinawan islands are relocated on to be opened to the public. Okinawa Prefecture is located in a subtropical zone, that is why local houses are equipped with long eaves to make much shady room. As a countermeasure against a typhoon, the roof tiles fixed each other with white plaster and the sturdy stone walls surrounding the house can be seen in the picture above. On the other hand, a kind of a talisman, which looks like a lion, on the roof in the picture below is another essential distinguishing trait of Okinawa.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:48 | Okinawa | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする