Okinawa's Landmark Food Market Closed for Renewal

Society Culture

Naha, Okinawa Pref., June 22 (Jiji Press)--Okinawa Prefecture's landmark Makishi food market was closed this month for renovations and is slated to reopen in April 2022.

Located in the city center of Naha, the southern Japan prefecture's capital, the Daiichi Makishi Public Market has been a popular tourist destination, as well as serving as a "kitchen" for local residents.

On its final business day on Sunday, people flocked to the market to say farewell.

"The closure of the market, which has a cultural value unique to Japan, is sad," Tomomitsu Aguni, 44, head of the association of businesses at the Makishi market, said at a closing ceremony. "But I believe the market will reopen in a better shape in 2022."

The Makishi market was opened in 1950 on the site of an illegal market that sprang up after World War II. The current market facilities were completed in 1972.

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