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Naha’s “Select Shop” [AKOH KLOH] Awaits You with Their Selection of Items That Are Both People and Eco Friendly
post : 2020.11.05 07:00
The time of twilight when the day slowly shifts to night is called "Akokuro" in the Okinawan language.
"I really liked this twilight to dusk time in the day when the hot rays of the sun gently cooled down with a delightful breeze. I named the shop AKOH KLOH because I wish I could spend every day feeling that delightful breeze, filled with comfort and calmness," says the owner of the shop, Mizue Araki.
Originally from Kagoshima Prefecture, Araki-san fell in love with Okinawa (and up to about 15 years ago, she visited Okinawa a few times a month for several years) and people around her recommended, “You know, you really should just move here.” She says, “And so I did, lightheartedly, like I was on another visit, but this time, I really moved here.”
After she started living in Okinawa, Araki-san began to feel that "the clothes I want to wear and the things I want to keep in my daily life are actually not that easy to find here". Then she thought, "Then I’m going to create a space where I can collect my favorite things. It would be great if I could share it with everyone." So, she opened her shop, which was “like an extension of my own home”.
Lined up in the store are clothes made from materials that are gentle on the skin, such as linen and wool gauze, 100% organic cotton innerwear, as well as cowhide shoes, accessories, skin care goods, and dishes and other dining ware. About all the items in her shop, Araki-san says, "I can recommend them all from the bottom of my heart." In addition to the items created at the hands of about 20 artists, she also offers original products by AKOH KLOH.
The criteria for selecting the items she offers is that they’re "carefully made and are environmentally and people-friendly". For example, in the case of her one-piece dresses, she chooses those made from materials that are as natural as possible.
Araki-san says that she does as much as she can in her personal life to be environmentally friendly. Like using her own tumbler or a cup to eliminate waste, choosing beeswax wrap that can be used repeatedly instead of plastic wrap, using Mag-chan (a new-concept laundry product that uses magnesium for washing) instead of detergent, and recycles raw garbage into compost.
It may be difficult for some of us to incorporate everything that Araki-san does in our own lives, but why not start with what you can do to live comfortably and environmentally friendly? AKOH KLOH has all the tips for that, so if you don't know where to start, drop by and find what suits your lifestyle.
Besides running her shop, Araki-san also grows Ryukyu indigo in Motobu Town in the northern region of Okinawa Prefecture, and makes dyes to create various dyed items.
As for Araki-san’s next ambition, she says, "In the future, I hope to sell clothing at the shop that are dyed only with natural materials and without the help of chemicals." Living a lifestyle that’s environmentally friendly will certainly create a world where people can live comfortably as well.
Address: 1-6-1 Tsuboya, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: For a while, the shop will be open from Friday to Monday, 12:00 to 17:00
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi