Growing up I was envious of the Disney Princesses that could talk to animals and play with wild animals. I did't realize that there was an island about an hour away from Iwakuni that would let me interact with animals. Miyajima Island has wild deer walking around. They walk right up to you and you can pet them. They are so incredibly tame.
The day after I purchased my camera, Jeremy and I traveled down to Yuda Onsen for the Byakko Festival. It was only about two hours from base. The festival is based on a legend that 800 years ago a monk happened to witness an injured white fox dipping his hurt paw into a puddle. When the monk dug into where the puddle was, he unearthed a golden Buddha and a hot spring started to bubble up. The white fox is the symbol of the city.
Today Jeremy, Marcus, and I went to a festival in downtown Iwakuni. It turned out to be more of a street fair. It reminded me of the street fairs back home.