The air is fresh from a recent rainfall as we step onto a tiny street in Okinawa’s capital of Naha. On a cloudy day, it’s even more apparent that this city -- with its chunky concrete buildings designed to withstand typhoons -- would never make a “Most Beautiful Places in the World” list.
But it does have its share of charming nooks and crannies.
One of them is the centrally located Tsuboya Pottery District.
“People from mainland Japan come here to get gifts,” says my guide, Keiko Gibo, as we stroll along the winding, coral-and-limestone-paved Tsuboya Yachimun Street. “Okinawan pottery is well known. And it's very good quality.”
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