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“Walking Along Machiguwa (Shopping Street)” Tsuboya Yachimun-dori Street

post : 2014.09.10 12:00

Tsuboya ware has a long history of as many as 330 years.

This street escaped war damage and have remains of many old, good houses and rich nature. Would you like to take an easygoing, relaxed stroll along Tsuboya-dori Street, which is home to “Yachimun (pottery)” of Okinawa and has old, refined traditional landscape?

We still have hot days of summer in Okinawa.

While walking on Tsuboya street and sweating a little, it is comfortable to feel wind blowing through me, to stop in the shade in front of stores, and to savor light falling onto me through the trees


When I looked down around my feet, I found pieces of the yachimun and shisa (guardian lion dog)!!

They can be found in an unexpected place.

They just show their tails.
I could feel full of sense of fun here.

Then I looked up to the sky to find a typical Okinawa red-tiled roof and shisa.  

You can meet various, characteristic shisa at houses and shops.

It is in the center of Naha City, but why such tranquil time goes by here?
Looking for yachimun that I like, I stop by some shops.

Time seemed as if it had stopped around suujiiguwaa (alley), where remain lots of nostalgic landscapes of old Okinawa.
At the sunset of summer, fireflies dance in the air in the abundant nature here.

The suujiguwaa in Tsuboya has a series of stone walls covered with vines.
On some walls, you can find pieces of red tiles and the yachimun built in.

It is fun to find pieces of the yachimun that you like while walking along the walls.
Street was built in a curved line to avoid heavy storm since Okinawa is regularly hit by many typhoons.  It shows ancient wisdom.

Several places in Tsuboya have sites worshiping the god for protecting the earth and the community.  Admiring the god of the land, the god of the yachimun, the guardian god for Tsuboya shows the gentleness of people who treasure the yachimun in this place.

Well I had to take a break from strolling Tsuboya street.
Cooling down your body is very important in Okinawa.

I savored a cold cup of tea in the yachimun made in Tsuboya.

The deep history of Tsuboya ware, the passion of craftworkers, and graceful Tsuboya ware.
Looking for your favorite landscape and the yachimun, please enjoy walking on Tsuboya Yachimun Street and alleys on its both sides at a leisurely pace.

Tsuboya Yachimun-dori Street

Address: Tsuboya, Naha City
Managed by Tsuboya Yachimun-dori Street Association
TEL: 098-866-6661
(Please note: Staff members might not be able to speak English. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.)

Official Website: http://www.tsuboya-yachimundori.com
(Please note: This website is written in Japanese. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.)

“Hiyamikachi Machiguwakan” located on the 2nd floor of Clothing Department, Public Market near Naha City Daiichi Makishi Public Market, offer you the stage of Okinawan performing arts as well as trial lessons that you can experience Okinawan culture like wearing Ryukyuan kimono, playing the samba (like a castanet),etc.  They are all free, so I would highly recommend that you stop by there when you visit machiguwa.

We are holing a photo exhibition for the photos taken during the interview for this article!
 

[Okinawa CLIP Photo Exhibition]

Date: Monday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 30
Location: “Hiyamikachi Machiguwa-kan,” 2F, Clothing Department,
Makishi Public Market
Hours: 11:00 to 17:00 * Except for their closing days
For more information, please call at 098-917-2815 (Hiyamikachi Machiguwakan Office).
(Please note: Staff members might not be able to speak English. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.)
Official Website for Hiyamikachi Machiguwakan :http://hiyamikachi.com/
(Please note: This website is written in Japanese. So please ask your Japanese friend for help.)

Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer 0173 (Reina Chinen)

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