1029 South Park Street
We walked in the pouring rain and when we got there it was sunny in the shop and Tamaki and another person were making paper cranes to welcome us.
A lot of people volunteer there because the owner, Tamaki, is so nice.
Tamaki came to the United States when she was twelve with her family.
The owner’s name is Tamaki Wu. She was born in Japan. She has owned the Oriental Shop for twenty-five years.
Fresh fish comes every other Saturday. They sell small crystals to huge crystals in the back part. Some crystals they do not sell because they are supposed to calm the customers as they come in the area.
The Oriental Shop is a tiny little Japanese shop right on Park Street. The aisles are narrow and the products packed in as tight as possible.
All the products the shop has are Asian. Asian ceramics, candy, chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce. Red beans, black beans, pinto beans. A lot of rice is there, along with cashews, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds. They have a lot of different kinds of wasabi, plus fish such as sole, salmon, and swordfish. They have different kinds of beef, poultry, and pork, plus scallops, shrimp, mussels, and other seafood. They have many different kinds of vegetables, some that we would see in a regular American grocery store, and some that are exotic.
Crystals all around
I turn around
And there it is
Origami being folded
The garden all
What a beautiful place
You walk in
The shop seems so small
You look around
Crystals, Japanese lollipops
What more could you find
In such a