WHERE'S MY BAG: IWAKUNI, JAPAN

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. As a proud owner of our Morrison laptop bag, Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with this Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Iwakuni, Japan

Located in southern Japan, not too far from Hiroshima, you'll find the small city of Iwakuni. The most famous spot in town is the scenic Kintai Bridge, pictured here. My husband and I were lucky enough to visit the area during the annual Kintai Bridge Festival, which includes a parade recreating a traditional Feudal Lords Procession, a large flea market, drumming and firing squad demonstrations, and food stalls. 

Iwakuni castle overlooks the Kintai Bridge from the hill above and makes for a nice, quiet hike - alternatively, you can take a quick tram ride up. Between the castle and bridge is a beautiful, historic area with parks, gardens, and temples to explore. We enjoyed exploring in and around Iwakuni during our stay and found it to be a great, off-the-beaten path base for seeing Japan.

Why we went

This was part of our very first trip to Asia, and it transpired because my husband's parents had just moved to Japan. Iwakuni is the site of a U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, and my father-in-law recently landed a job transfer there. So we got to stay with them in civilian housing on base and be a part of the exciting transition into their new home for the next three years. Moving abroad is quite an adventure to be taking on at the end of one's career! We're happy we got to be a part of the process and look forward to our next visit.