Antiques and Second-Hand

Tonbo (Dragonfly) Store

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST One of my favorite second-hand stores in Iwakuni is Dragonfly.  It’s about a 10-15 minute drive from the MCAS Iwakuni main gate and very easy find. It’s a great place to find inexpensive home décor, Japanese souvenirs, and a wide variety of other items.  Their inventory changes frequently, so Read more…

Japanese

Rush Teppan Dinning

SUBMITTED BY ADAM AND HYLA ERNST A special thank you to our friends who patiently allowed us to take grainy camera pictures of their food even though they were starving! Last weekend, we had a chance to enjoy a fun evening with friends at a teppanyaki restaurant in downtown Iwakuni.  Read more…

April

Koinobori over the Nishiki River

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST AND HEATHER COX Koinobori are carp-shaped windsocks flown all over Japan starting in late April until early May to celebrate Tango no Sekku, or Children’s Day.  Traditionally, these carp windsocks are flown together above the roofs of houses with sons.  The biggest carp, in black, represents the father.  Read more…

Pets

Fish Store Iwakuni Nettai

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST We’re fish people.  We scuba dive, our kids snorkel, we enjoy visiting aquariums, and yes we put up fish tanks in our home at every duty station.  We have made several trips to our favorite pet store in Mihara–which, unfortunately, is about two hours away Read more…