From the temple near Yumoto station.
Students at all of my schools did wood projects. I like the beetles.
In Taira early one morning. I walk by and see one of my favorite cafes seems to be open. So I walk in. All the lights are off, but the owner welcomes me in and tells me to take a seat anyway. I just get a chai, because it’s delicious. He brings me some fancy grapes too, on the house.
He used to be a hair dresser in Tokyo. Then he got sick, sold off his business, and moved to slow-life Iwaki to start a small cafe. The cafe has about 6 tables. He is the only staff, usually. The menu is limited to maybe 6-8 things (in terms of meals), but he gets busy. I wonder if it really is turning out to be the slow-life! I like his simple food, the atmosphere, and his kindness. I kept coughing once while in the restaurant. He gave me a big tin of fancy mint drops.
The cafe is Cafe Violin. I have some friends who don’t like it enough to go more than once, but I like the simple food, and I like being there. Definitely try it sometime.
Cafe Audrey Style. Run by the very cute, very talented, very energetic Atsuko-san. Audrey Hepburn all up in there. Delicious food, all homemade. Delicious cakes! You can even ask her to make a full cake special for you. I love this place but there’s not much info about it online. Here’s a cute entry from a cafe-goer I read, though.
We visited Yotsukura’s beach one evening. Several groups were setting off fireworks and camping there. I’d like to try that next year.
いわき海浜自然の家 (Japanese link)
Iwaki Seaside Nature Center (English link - not the best translation)
I went to the Seaside Nature Center to volunteer for an overnight English camp. I didn’t go outside much but the view in the evening as our last day ended was beautiful.
I recommend checking it out.
We went to the Yabina Market. やびな means ‘Come on’, ‘Let’s go’, ｢行こう」. The market is held only in Spring and Fall. This October it rained, so unfortunately everything had to be held inside the temple. It was still great though. I can’t wait for the next market in Spring.
The rundown on their facebook page is:
テーマは「のんびり」。 (Our theme is ‘carefree’.)
春と秋、いわき市内のお寺で開催するマーケット。(Our market opens in the Spring and Fall at a local Iwaki temple.)
ヨガ、マッサージ、ライブ、ワークショップもあります。(We have yoga, massages, live shows, and workshops.)
Yabina Market is a place where local craft shops, restaurants, wellness groups, and bands can show off their wares, good, and talents. You can buy jellies, cakes, curry, pottery, scarves, massages, coffee and more. The temple is beautiful and there are a million children in cute outfits. So that’s cool.
Check out their facebook or website.