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Okinawa Heiwadori (平和通)
September 21, 2013Posted by on
In Japan, many cities have ally ways that have been shut down to vehicle traffic for the most part, often covered in a roof and completely lined with shops and restaurants. Okinawa was no different. Heiwadori is such a place and is located in Naha city not fat from the airport. There you will always find interesting things for sale.
This is what the entrance looks like from the main street.
Once you go in a little further, this is what you will find.
Okinawa has an interesting and colorful variety of fish on sale.
You can even buy a pig’s head if you like. Pork is a very popular dish in Okinawa.
You can even buy snakes in Okinawa.
In Okinawa, you see a lot of snakes in sake jars.
Sweet potato tarts are also very popular in Okinawa. Here is a shop that makes them fresh, in house.
Giant Shisa in front of Makishi Station. Shisa is a half lion, half dog creature that is a part of Okinawa culture. You can find them in almost every gift shop. In Okinawa culture, you will always find them in pairs. Usually at both sides of the entrance to a building or street way. One will always has it’s mouth open and the other will always has it’s mouth closed. The one with it’s mouth open is said to ward off evil spirits while the one with the mouth closed keeps the good ones in.
Shisa in front of a store.