About Us

Welcome to Akabanaa, where we carry all things Okinawan!

Akabanaa is a store specializing solely in Okinawan products. We are the ONLY retail store of this kind outside of Japan and our mission is to introduce and promote the Okinawan culture first to the United States and eventually expand to the rest of the world. Everything in our store, from food to gift items, is imported from Okinawa, Japan.

Okinawa is the southern-most island of Japan. Known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, it was once an independent nation with its own language and culture until its annex to Japan in 1872. It is interesting to see how the Okinawan culture differs from that of mainland Japan, reflected in its food, language and art.

Browse our online store or visit us in San Francisco's Japantown. We carry fine unique products imported directly from Okinawa that reflect its rich history and culture.

Akabanaa is the Okinawan word for "hibiscus". This beautiful red flower can be seen all throughout the Okinawan islands.

Our retail store is located in the East Mall (formerly Miyako Mall) of San Francisco's Japantown.

Also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/akabanaa.