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Shop One-Oh-Oh is ideal, inexpensive shopping spot

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2002-02-21

Without a doubt, shopping at one of Okinawa’s many 100-yen shops is one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences you can have while living on Okinawa. Like dollar stores in America, all items in these shops are sold for ¥100. With today’s currency exchange rate, 100 yen is only about 75 cents, so if you walk into one of these shops with a ten-dollar bill, you can really walk out with an armful of quality goods. At the many 100-yen shops on island, you can buy just about anything you are looking for, from cooking equipment and utensils to office supplies. During your stay on Okinawa, you’ll likely hear many foreigners and locals talking about the special things they found at these stores. Men and women of all ages and nationalities can often be seen frequenting these stores sifting through rows and rows of goods at a steal of a price.

There are a number of these stores throughout the island, but only three 100-yen shop providers: One-Oh-Oh, Daiso and Can Do. Make-Man’s One-Oh-Oh shop is inside the Mihama Make-Man shop near the giant Ferris wheel. At Shop One-Oh-Oh, 50 percent of the goods sold were made in Japan, whereas most other 100-yen shops sell goods manufactured overseas. Daiso has shops in various San-As, Gushikawa’s Main-City, Naval Kadena and a store called Hainsu in Ginowan City on the Convention Center road near the Route 58 intersection close to Camp Foster. Can Do is found in many of the Aeon Group’s Drug Eleven shops around the island. As each of these companies has a variety of merchandise and manufacturers from around the world, the selection at 100-yen shops is very large. Go see for yourself what each shop has to offer; you’ll be pleased to find many useful, quality items being sold for less than one dollar each.

Shop One-Oh-Oh in the Mihama Make-Man has 6,000 to 7,000 items for sale at all times, and at the beginning of every month they have a special sale during which high-priced items are sold for only ¥100 on a first-come/first-served basis. The one thing that impressed me the most about Shop-One-Oh-Oh was the variety of name-brand items the store had for sale. While shopping around, I found Hello Kitty bags, Winnie the Pooh stickers, Snoopy pens, Doraimon items, Doritos chips, Hershey’s chocolates, Butterfinger and Crunch candy bars, and a variety of other name-brand items.

This store had a huge selection of everything imaginable. If you’re looking for office equipment, the store sells pens, tape, scissors, notepads, staples and staplers, markers, pens and colored pencils, rulers, scissors, trashcans and more. Need some new gardening supplies? I found about eight different types of shovels as well as plant nutrients. How about a new toy for your kid? The store sells coloring books, kites, origami paper, rubber balls and a ton of other toys. I also found quite a bit of car maintenance equipment, cups, mugs, glasses, plates, soba bowls, rice bowls, pet supplies, bath salts and soaps, candles, kitchen utensils and accessories, cleaning solvents and so much more. The variety of goods sold in this store was outrageous! Shop One-Oh-Oh also sold a wide variety of candies, cookies, chips, cans of soup, canned goods, dried fruits, instant meals and spices.

Whatever you’re looking for, you can find just about anything at a 100-yen store. There are a large number of these shops around the island, each with their own selection of unique merchandise. Instead of paying high prices for items you need, be sure to drop by a 100-yen shop first. You’ll be surprised at how many things you can cross off your shopping list from just one visit to Shop One-Oh-Oh or any of the other shops on island. Why not make a day of it and try to hit up as many 100-yen shops as you can? It will be an inexpensive, well-rewarding adventure and a fun way to see more of the local culture and the island.

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