Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Look Back: Vintage Yard, A Vintage-Filled Shop and Cafe in Okinawa, Japan


I took thousands of photos while visiting Okinawa, Japan a few years back. This 2 week trip was one of the first things I did after leaving the day job and I'll always remember it fondly. I thought I'd lost all of my photos with a computer crash but what ecstatic to rediscover them lately. Let's celebrate with one of my favorite stops during my trip.


I took over 100 photos and took over an hour of my host's time browsing "Vintage Yard", a peaceful vintage shop and cafe my friend we found driving back from tourist attractions in Okinawa's lush, winding mountains. It was isolated, peaceful, and gorgeously curated with hundreds of vintage pieces. Part cafe (with sweet sleepy dogs to pet, too!), vintage shop, and relaxing garden it's one my favorite memories from Japan.


Afterwards we went back to town and had ramen! Oh damn, I miss being able to stop and get delicious Japanese food and tea anywhere. I'll be back Japan, I'm saving up my pennies to return to you!
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17 comments:

  1. Never been there. Looks very interesting.

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    1. 'Twas a lovely little boutique. I wonder how many people stop in up there.

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  2. Lovely photos, Van! It's so funny.... just two nights ago I had a dream that I was back in Tokyo and was panic-stricken that I had forgotten how to use their Metro line. Minus the panic, it was good to be back in Japan. Maybe someday we'll be famous secondhand purveyors, paid to thrift internationally. Wouldn't that be nice?

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. That's the dream, right there! I dream of being paid to travel, write, and take photos... ;D

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  3. I'm afraid if I went back to Japan, all I would do is shop!

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    1. I tore up those 100-yen stores getting tons of goodies for friends/family, I had to buy another bag to bring home! Soooo much amazing shopping there. I wish I had funds to take friends/family with me to explore...

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  4. Gorgeous photos, Japan's never appealed until now! Jon spent 3 months there when he was with the band. He never told me about vintage shops! x

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    1. I'm a huge Japanophile, can't wait to go back. There's a huge vintage following in Japan.

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  5. Travelling is so good for your soul. Very neat pictures, I am glad that you were able to recover them. Cheers!

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    1. That it is, can't wait to go out and do more of it!

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  6. those dogs are so darn cute! looks like a lovely shop!

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    1. It truly 'twas. Will have to upload the other 100 or so photos to Flickr for the curious to browse later :)

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  7. Whenever we go on vacation, figuring out where the best thrift shops and antique malls are at is at the top of my to-do list :) Your Japan pics are beautiful!

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    1. I have many more photos from my trip I wanna share now that I finally can :D I travel with people who don't like to thrift usually so I sometimes use it as a break.

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