Re: Aikido in Iwakuni
The school I've been to in Iwakuni may be the one robin referenced as it was an aikikai affiliate. It has been some years, but if I recall correctly if he heads west in the big intersection in front of the train station he'll pass a Nissan dealership on the right and then right before the intersection with Route 2 there is a couple of roads on the left and the school was on the second floor of a building down one of them. The building has a sign that says Aikido in kanji.
From the north gate by bike it is probably about a twenty minute ride. If he knows how long it takes to get to the train station it's only a few minutes from there.
Tell your friend to find someone who knows how to get to the "Chicken Shack". He'll love it.