Life in Japan

Mr. Frog (Balloon Artist)

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Pontiwa and Lek ขอบคุณมากค่ะ. Planning a party can be challenging, especially while living in Iwakuni.  I was at a birthday party last weekend and had a chance to watch Iwakuni’s one and only balloon artist (that I know of anyway) work his magic.  Of course, I Read more…

Italian

Nicoli Kitchen

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Big thanks to Teresa Rosencrantz and her adventurous spirit.  She made sure I got enough information to share on Iwakuni Explorer 🙂 Finding a new place is always fun, especially with friends.  Teresa and I met up for a rainy day lunch, and we both agreed Read more…

Antiques and Second-Hand

Hikari Flea Market

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Thank you to my awesome antique hunter friend, Lidia Gonzalez for another pre-dawn adventure! I’m very thankful that I have a flea market buddy who can function before the break of dawn.  Me?  Waking me up that early is like poking a sleeping bear–do so at your own risk Read more…

Fitness

Sport Cycle Shop Ueki

SUBMITTED BY ADAM ERNST If you ask any serious cyclist on base where they recommend for a good local bike shop and the answer you get in return will almost be unanimous. Sport Cycle Shop Ueki is a family owned and run business in Otake that has been around for decades. Read more…

Grocery

Waki Farmer’s Market

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Thank you, Leah Daugherty and Linda Cordes for promoting this Farmer’s Market….I would never have known it was there! After seeing several posts on the Iwakuni Classifieds and Information page about a farmer’s market in Waki, I finally had a chance to check it out. I Read more…

February

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Julie Aviña, thank you for sharing your research with us.  The English version of the brochure saved the day! The Nagasaki Lantern Festival centers around the Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar calendar and therefore varies slightly from year to year.  In Read more…