After all the chaos from the Balls was over and done with, Jeremy and I escaped the base and traveled south to Fukuoka. Ever since we arrived in Iwakuni, I had wanted to go see the German Christmas Markets in Fukuoka but never had the chance to see it the previous Christmases. There are two Christmas Markets in Fukuoka, one at Hakata Station and one at Tenjin Station. Since the one at Hakata Station was bigger we decided to go to that one. Jeremy and I like to travel cheap so we took the back roads from Iwakuni to Fukuoka and it took 8 hours to get to Fukuoka. Had we taken the Sanyo Expressway, it would have only taken 3.5 hours but it would have cost us $60 one way. The drive was nice though and we only got stuck in traffic once.
I have talked about my friend, Dacia, before in this blog. We met earlier this year and have gotten really close over this summer. She is a lot of fun and we have a lot of the same interests. Unfortunately a few weeks ago she found out that she is having to PCS much sooner than we expected. She was suppose to PCS back next summer like us. Instead she is leaving the beginning of December. I know I am going to miss her.
A couple of weeks ago our friend, Shawna, invited a bunch of us from the Bunco group to go to a plum blossom festival. It was about an hour south of base near Hikari. Shawna told us to bring Katniss because she was bringing her pup, Mochi. The festival was located on a large hill (small mountain) that had plum blossom trees on top of the flat hill and going down around the hill towards the coast. It was really beautiful. Even though there were some venders there, Jeremy and I brought sandwiches and snacks from 7-11 so we could have a picnic with the others in our group. It was a beautiful area and the kids were having fun playing and running around.
A couple of weeks ago someone posted on the Classifieds asking if anyone was going to the Yamaguchi Flea Market and would be willing to pick him up something. Also looking for new stuff to do and willing to help out anyone, I offered to go for him. Turns out Chris was looking for Tsubas. Tsubas are the hand guard part of a Japanese sword. He wanted some of the antique ones that are sold at the flea market. He had been stationed here before and wanted to add to the collection he had started.
One of the things we promised Katniss was that we would take her to see the Sakura (cherry blossoms) when they started blooming. They had started coming out the day before the Byakko Festival. We knew with the rain on Sunday that the blooms would last too long and with Katniss getting fixed on Tuesday,… Continue reading Family Fun At A Hanami Festival