Okinawa Tourism Information:TryTakingColorfulSnapshotat“MakishiPublicMarket”【PR】

Try Taking Colorful Snapshot at “Makishi Public Market”【PR】

post : 2018.04.19 18:00

After walking on Ichiba Hondori Street (parallel to Heiwa-dori Street) from Kokusai Street for few minutes, a corner shows up in front of you. It seems nostalgic and energetic just like corners in Asian countries.  

“Makishi Public Market” is one of the popular sightseeing spots, and fresh Okinawan ingredients include fruits, daily dish, meat, and seafood are available here. If you purchased fresh ingredients on the 1F, you can ask staffs to cook purchased ingredients at restaurants on the 2F (additional charge), so you can eat them as they are still fresh.

Well, this kind of description might be on any guidebooks, but did you know that this is a great spot for photo shooting? Seasonal fruits, rare daily dish, fresh red meat, tropical seafood, etc. Colorful and photogenic “subjects” are hidden here and there, so let’s grab a single-lens reflex camera and walk out into the market to take “colorful snapshot!”

First, let’s head to a fruit shop and take photos of seasonal fruits. For example, citrus in spring, acerola in early summer, pineapple, mango, dragon fruits, or monkey banana in summer, and shikuwasa from summer to winter. Each fruit is colorful, and it is perfect to express a sense of the season. The coloration on each season gives you a big surprise. 

*NOTE: A key to take photos of fruits, adjust the scene (“Picture Style” for Canon, “Set Picture Control” for Nikon, and “Scene Mode” for Olympus) to “Landscape.” Color gets emphasized and sharp outline shows on the photo, so you are able to take colorful photos. 

Next, go inside a building. Deli and processed food stores nestle up to one another near Ichiba Hondori Street side of the entrance of the building. A variety of cooked dishes that cannot be seen in Mainland Japan are available at each store, so they might get you excited.

For your information, this is the spot to take a photo of “Koregusu,” a seasoning which represents Okinawa. Do you think it is just a seasoning? Actually, not. It is chili peppers soaked into Awamori, and it is really spicy. You can tell by looking at the red color, and it might make your eyes heat up through camera frame.

*NOTE: When you take a photo of daily dishes, it is better to put both fancy and simple ones into a frame. By doing it, fancy one stands out more. By choosing the main dish and adjust the aspect ratio, it makes a good balance totally and makes it simple. Basically, flash is not allowed when you take a photo of bottled Koregusu because the light reflects to the bottle and the contents cannot be seen.  

Next is meat section. Most of the meats are pork. In Okinawa, it is believed that “people eat every part of pigs except its oink sound,” so a variety of parts are available at this section. Parts include pettitoes, pork belly, pig face skin, and innards. It is good to take all of their photos, but let’s just focus on “a chunk of pork” this time! By getting rid of unnecessary items, it stands out the main subject. 

*NOTE: A color of chunk is mostly “red,” so you need to focus on the best coloration to make a difference on each photo. It is good to use a flash, and also you can set “Tungsten light mode” to add a little bit of blue or set “Cloudy mode” or “Shade mode” to feature a warm atmosphere. You can create the atmosphere on your own by changing White Balance.

Finally, the seafood section. Unlike fruits or meats, fishes have their “faces,” so you might able to take impressive photos. Here comes richly colored fishes! They get photo lovers very excited! Fishes include Red-spotted rockcod, Steephead parrots, and Blue banded snapper, and more. You cannot see vivid three primary colored fishes at any fish stores in Mainland Japan! Not only their color and taste, but each has unique feature, so we never get tired of looking at them. Also, Umibudou (sea grapes / green caviar) could be a good subject. 

It is interesting that each fish store decorates fishes in different ways. Some decorate different kinds of fishes all together, and some decorate same colors of fishes. Not only zoom in / out on fishes, but you can take photos from the top, back, or with the staffs. You can take photos from different angles and scenes, so this must be the best moment if you love photos lol

*NOTE: When you take photos of fishes with white, black, brown, or silver colors, it is better to set Auto or Standard mode not to emphasize specific colors. Also, inside the building is not bright enough, so you can set Night Portrait or Indoor mode, or adjust ISO to 200 and above to take brighter photos. You can change White Balance (Tungsten light mode or White fluorescent mode) and find your favorite colors.

What do you think? Now you know there are many interesting and colorful subjects at Makishi Public Market don’t you? According to Mencius, "you should not look for fish by climbing a tree." However, photography is “All is vanity,” and there is no rules or correctness on taking photos. If you focused on White Balance too much, you are going to miss the best moment to take photos eventually. To make sure not to confuse you, but you can change the shade or color of photos on PC later. So it is better to take photos when you think is the best moment. 

When you cannot take good photos, you might think photos by others might look way better, but each photo has different taste. To be the Master of Photography, all you need to do is to take lots of photos. By gaining much experience in taking photos, you will find out what kind of photos you really like to take.

You can briefly look at my NOTE and refer to it. As a photography lover, I want you to improve your photography skill. Hopefully, we can take photos together at Makishi Public Market.

*When you take photos at the market, make sure that you do not disturb the staffs there. 

Makishi Public Market
Address: 2-10-1 Matsuo, Naha City
Tel: 098-867-3943
Business Hours: 8:00 – 20:00 (differs depending on the stores)
Closed: the 4th Sunday of every month (seafood store: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday of every month) 

Okinawa CLIP photo writer Kiwamu Ogawa (Qey Word)