Shop ‘Til You Drop

Do you enjoy shopping, like to keep up with the latest fashion trends, or just prefer to try on before you buy? We’ve got three shopping centers in Naha for you to check out and get your “retail therapy” fix.

Ashibinaa Outlet MallAshibanaa Outlet Mall, just off the airport expressway exit toward Senaga island, is an outdoor American-style shopping center with more than 70 internationally famous brands, like Michael Kors, Ocean Pacific, Levi Strauss, and Coach.

While some claim that the merchandise is discounted by 30% or more, you really have to look for bargains (Levi’s was expensive), and the best deals we found were at The Gap and some of the clearance sections in Adidas. Kids will love the displays and play area at the Sylvanian Families store. Go for a bit more selection and sizing than you’d find elsewhere on island. Hours: 10 am – 8 pm.

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DFS GalleriaIf you’re leaving the country and have cash to burn (or just want to window shop), be sure to check out DFS Galleria on 330 in Naha. This upscale shopping plaza features designers like Armani, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, plus a whole wing dedicated to fragrance and cosmetics like Mac and Kiehl. DFS’s boutiques have the latest trends in fashion, an amazing atmosphere, and even a bar and eatery.

You can only purchase there if you’re leaving the country soon, though. Bring your flight itinerary and passport and pay at the Galleria. Then on the day of your flight, take your receipt and pick up your loot at the DFS counter in Naha Airport’s international terminal after check in and security. Hours: 9am – 9pm

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Naha Main PlaceJust a block down from DFS Galleria is Naha Main Place, a more mid-level shopping center akin to San A, and open really late. In addition to shoes and clothing shops, there are stores for eyeglasses, Japanese beauty products, socks, kids clothes, fabric and craft supplies, luggage, plus a grocery store, French bakery, flower shop, and even a Sanrio store, for Hello Kitty lovers. Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 am

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Secure Pay

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Marco Polo Bakery & Cafe

Soup & Scone SetMarco Polo bakery and café in Awase is a great place to people watch, and get your bread fix at the same time.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the café of 28 tables plus an outdoor patio provides a spacious atmosphere to watch the bustle of the bakery, and to smell the chocolate desserts and fresh bread being pulled out of the stone oven.

Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11:30, with options for sandwiches, French toast, and even soup. The lunch menu includes a new selection of four different pastas, a soup of the day, plus sandwiches, burgers (¥750—¥830), pizzas (¥1500), and a calzone(¥1200). The 15 cm pizzas and 30 cm calzone each take about 20 minutes to cook. The generous portion of fresh creamy broccoli soup was perfect for the drizzly day, served with a scone and side of strawberry jam, though a basket of fresh bread was also an option. We did enjoy a basket of bread that came with sausage and vegetable pasta in tomato sauce, but the pasta dish, which included hot dogs for the sausages, was a bit disappointing—we expected more of an Italian sausage.

Juice, coffee, and sodas are also available (¥200), as well as draft beer (¥350) and wine by the bottle (¥1200). The caramel cappuccino (¥350) was medium-bodied, slightly sweet, not bitter at all. We’d like to try the latté (¥220) next time.

The established bakery is Marco Polo’s gem, and attracts so many customers that a yellow line is taped around the checkout counter for when there’s a flood of customers. The bakery offers a smorgasbord of tempting cakes, donuts, loaves of bread, and desserts, and even soups to go. The café’s lunch menu can also be ordered to go, and we hear that late at night, many of the bakery items are offered at a discount, to make room for the next day’s batch of goodies.

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Russian Restaurant Perestroika

Naha’s Premier Russian Restaurant

Perestroika will be closed during the month of August 2014

Plums and Apples Wrapped in BeefLocated a block away from Kokusai Street near the Naha bus terminal, Perestroika has been offering up authentic Russian cuisine since 2007. With it’s phenomenal food, charming atmosphere, and friendly staff, I hope it’s around for many more years to come.

What I love about Perestroika is it’s charm. Owner Elena and staff make you feel welcome, as if you’re guests in their home. There’s a lot to see as you wait for food, including colorful murals inside and outside the restaurant, cute Russian décor on the tables, and Russian dance and music concerts on two TVs.

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This Week in Oki (November 14-21, 2013)

Even though the annual White Beach Festival planned for this weekend was postponed for the second year in a row, this time due to efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, there is still plenty to do and see on island this weekend.

Keep an eye out for little ones dressed in traditional kimono on Friday, November 15, which is Shichi-go-san day. Young boys age 3 and 5, and young girls age 3 and 7, get dressed up and go with their parents to a local shrine to be blessed, in the hopes that they will have long and prosperous lives.

If you like to watch basketball, the Ryukyu Golden Kings face off the Shimane Susano Magic at the Ginowan City Gym in Mashiki this Saturday, November 16th, at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets range from ¥1,800 to ¥3,000; add ¥500 to the ticket price if purchased at the event. For more information, visit the Golden Kings’ official website here.

If you’re looking for something outdoors and free, check out the Kitanakagusuku Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m. at Shiosai Park in Atsuta. A Google Map for Atsuta is available here.

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Art Rock 58

Art Rock 58 PosterLooking for something a bit different? Check out the Art Rock 58 event at Club Xcentric on November 23. Featuring live music, live tattoo artists and special guest dance.

There's also an all you can eat BBQ!

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Girls Night Out!

Xcentric Male Revue ShowLooking for a great girls night out? Check out the Club Xcentric male revue show taking place on 15th and 16th November starting at 7pm

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This Week in Oki (Nov 7-10, 2013)

This Saturday and Sunday, head up north to cheer on all the cyclists as they race in this year’s Tour de Okinawa. Hosted by Nago and other northern areas. There are different races happening, including a pro race, a women’s 100km, junior races and citizen races. The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For a complete schedule of events, check out the English version of Tour de Okinawa’s website.

Also, this Thursday through Sunday, check out the Woodwork Festival, happening from 10 am to 8 pm at the Plaza Shopping Center in Okinawa City, off of 330. See the amazing work of local artisans, and possibly bring home a piece of your own. Admission is free.

And, if you love surfing, don’t miss the Itoman Mayor’s Cup Surfing Contest, happening this Sunday starting at 8:30 am at Komesu, Itoman.

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Nashville R&R Re-Opening Party

Nashville Re-Opening PartyNashville will be having a re-opening party on November 15 featuring a new food menu, the same country music you love, western dancing as well as FREE bull rides and FREE pool.

Check out the poster or link for more info!

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International Speed Dating

Speed Dating PosterNovember 22nd at 19:30

Looking for a date? Check out the international speed dating event coming up at Club Xcentric in Chatan. Info on the poster or link.

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