Okinawa has always been a meeting of cultures; Japanese, Korean, Chinese and South-east Asian cultural influences are all present in both handicrafts and food culture.
It should thus come as no surprise that the islands have a lively tradition of arts and crafts. The Naha City Traditional Arts & Crafts Center is the perfect place to not only learn about the history of the Okinawa but also the nuances of the local traditional arts and crafts.
You will find everything to Shuri cloth to Tsuboya ware (traditional pottery) on display. You can get yourself a DVD explaining the history, and the process of making the crafts. It is possible to see the whole process in person or even participate, but advanced booking is required. The booking can be organised by calling ahead of your visit.
- 10am – 8pm; Closed during New Year holidays
- +81 98-868-7866
- 2F, 3-2-10 Makishi, Naha 900-0013, Okinawa Prefecture
- A few minute walk from the Makishi Station on the Okinawa Monorail