Okinawa is Japan’s Newest Cultural Hotspot

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 The Unveiling of Okinawa’s Hidden Treasures

Okinawa is Japan’s Newest Cultural Hotspot:  With its beautiful beaches and lively tropical towns, Okinawa has become one of Japan’s most popular resort destinations, drawing tourists all year round. Designation as a World Natural Heritage site in 2021 further attests to the abundance of its natural beauty. Okinawa’s vibrant arts and music sectors have helped propel the island to the forefront of global cultural attention in recent years. The CORONA SUNSETS FESTIVAL and the NAMINOUE FESTIVAL are two of the most well-known festivals in the area, and they bring in talented locals like the rapper Awich, who was born in Okinawa.

 Many of Okinawa’s hidden gems, collectively known as “Unlisted Okinawa,” go undiscovered despite the island’s famous landmarks. For those seeking such hidden gems, Hypebeast has compiled a list of five locations that are sure to please both novice and seasoned tourists. These settings, each with its unique charm and allure, provide a new angle on Okinawa’s distinct appeal, as captured by the talented Ryunosuke Kanaya, a young photographer hailing from Tokyo.


 A Cultural Mecca Built Around Food and Drink: LIQUID THE STORE

Liquid The Store

 You can easily reach “LIQUID THE STORE” from Naha Airporteasily; it is situated in Tsuboya, Naha City. There are various areas of this multi-purpose facility, including a gallery, a wine cellar that specializes in natural wines, a pantry that sells tea leaves, coffee, and sake, an eating and drinking space called “STAND,” and “TESIO 2×,” which serves homemade ham and sausage. TIMELESS CHOCOLATE, the pioneering “Bean to Bar” chocolate specialty store in Okinawa, has a “LIL by TIMELESS” corner store. The store sells drinks and cutlery and holds events, creating a place where residents and tourists can meet and bond over handcrafted goods. 

 The address and phone number are in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan: 1F, 1-1-21 Tsuboya, 902-0065, Japan.


The Okinawan Street Culture of Chocolate Jesus

Chocolate Jesus

 This quaint shop in Chatan’s AMERICAN VILLAGE, “Chocolate Jesus,” features wares from domestic and foreign labels and artisans. The café and whimsical skateboard shop, “Quack Skateboards,” are additions to the store, which has become famous for its partnerships with companies like A&W and BoTT. Go to Chatan if you want to feel the street culture of Okinawa.

 Location: Okinawa, Japan 904-0115, 1F, 34-1 Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun

 Experience Cutting-Edge Sound at China’s Premier Audio Showroom

 Audiophiles and fashionistas from around the Chubu area visit the TINA AUDIO showroom in Koza. TINA AUDIO has been in business since 1975, providing expert repairs and manufacturing premium audio equipment. Their cylindrical, simple speakers are top-rated because of the 360-degree sound they produce. Visits are scheduled in advance, so please plan accordingly.

 Phone number: +81 (0)98-938-3994 Address: 3-16-6 Chuo, Okinawa City, Okinawa 904-0004, Japan


 Introducing Marinx Harbor: A Locally Inspired Resort Complex

 Marinx Harbor, a full-service resort in a picturesque southern Okinawa port town, offers an authentic experience of Okinawan culture and activities. Run by surfer and skateboarder Hi-Ro, the facility includes guest rooms, a pool villa, a nautical store, a café, a BBQ deck, a hair salon, and a ground pool. Each aspect of the resort is designed to immerse you in the local culture and provide a unique experience.

 For your convenience, here is the address and phone number: 361-2 Aza Minatogawa Shimominatohara, Yaese-cho, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa 901-0511, Japan.


 Experience the Beauty of Nature on the Iriomote Island Tour NGAF

 Iriomote Island, home to the endangered Iriomote wild cat and a verdant subtropical rainforest, is a popular destination for NGAF trips for individuals seeking a break from city life. Trekking and stand-up paddleboarding are two activities that everybody may enjoy, regardless of their fitness level. Experience the island’s one-of-a-kind cultural and ecological attractions with the help of chief tour guide GO Sato, a former professional in Tokyo’s fashion sector.

 Check out these lesser-known attractions to see Okinawa from a perspective different from the typical tourist. Each location offers distinct experiences that will enhance your vacation to this stunning and culturally diverse area.

Emily Mitchell

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