We don't have a drivers license yet and our bicycles are still in storage for a couple more days so our first adventure was completely on foot. I've tried finding a map so I could outline our path, but our path covers three different areas and the maps are village-specific. Needless to say, we walked a lot.
We really had no plan, just wanted to explore. The Main Gate was manned by the Japanese military police so we had some confusion with trying to get off. After some hand gestures and funny looks we escaped.
|Manhole cover painted with Kintai Bridge|
|Covered Outdoor Mall|
We started getting hungry after our walk so we decided to eat at a bento shop. Bento are the Japanese version of a lunch box. They usually consist of rice, a meat or fish, and pickled vegetables. As our first foray in traditional food went, it was really good.
|Center Square of Iwakuni|
|What is it?|
Once open, it became clear it is a dishwasher! They are put on the counter and use the water from the faucet to wash dishes. This one was very small compared to American dishwashers and would be traditionally used for a family of four or more. When not in use, it gets taken off the counter and stored.
|near Waki station|
|Agriculture on a slope|
Most neighborhoods have community gardens.
|Community garden near Waki station|