Shops with an excellent collection of Okinawan handcrafts
Located in the Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa City, the Flagship Okinawa corner carries select merchandise recommended for people who are looking for exclusive, high-quality items. Along with an extensive variety of products ranging from specialty foods, cosmetics, pottery, Ryukyu glass and textiles to accessories, exhibitions by international and local artists are regularly held in this space. Highlighted is Plaza House Platform Okinawa, a new brand started by the shopping center marking the 63rd anniversary of its opening in 1954, featuring unique traditional items with a modern twist by Okinawan artists.
Morinaga Yaemi’s ebony accessories are intricately carved into the shape of butterflies, Asiatic dayflowers and roses and are beautifully finished with lacquer. Her products, incorporating a new idea into the traditional craft of Ryukyu lacquerware, bring a fresh perspective to the fashion scene and have developed quite a following.