As mentioned earlier, the city is a completely different place to Ishigaki and I bet so is the whole Okinawa Island. Endless taxis, frequent buses, monorail, world known clothing brands and any cuisine restaurants you can think of – that’s the image of today’s Naha. I strolled down the very long international street right in the middle of the completely jammed island’s capital. A few solid hours has passed and I still didn’t have enough!
One of merchants had these mysterious slimy balls made of some kind of foam looking like shaving foam. I recognised it from one of the shops in Fukuoka where staff was whipping it until it got firm for reasons then unknown. Here in Naha I discovered they used it to shape colourful balls, which are basically medical soaps to heal various skin dysfunctions. I will surely get one. They smelled so incredibely good!
Okinawa Islands (including Ishigaki) often display the image of Shisa dogs, which are statues which bring good fortune and protect from the bad luck. You can find miniatures in every souvenir shops. I also got a couple myself!
I am a bit afraid though that Naha doesn’t have enough of entertainment up it’s sleeve for the coming seven days here. I read there is only so much you can do here and other visitors advise to move to the north of the island for more things to do. I have already booked a car, so hopefully I will be more mobile to explore the area a bit better.