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Nagasaki

Hanami at Nagasaki Peace Park

Does this look like the centre of atomic destruction?  It was hard to imagine that these sakura, just coming out, are in the park that marks the hypocentre of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion.  Nagasaki has recovered and is now a very scenic, cosmopolitan, thriving city. (more…)

Nagasaki panoramas

I’ve seen Inasa-san in Nagasaki billed on tourist advertisements, along with Mt Hakodate and Rokko-san in Kobe, as one of the three “million dollar” night views of Japan.  That’s why I expected gazillions of people up here enjoying the views – just like the night a few weeks earlier I was on Mt Hakodate – but there were only a few people, and it was rather peaceful. (more…)

Historical Nagasaki

When many Westerners think of Nagasaki, they think only of the second A-Bomb.  Although that’s an important part of Nagasaki’s history, its earlier history of contact with the outside world is far more interesting and engaging.  For around two and a half centuries (roughly 1600s to 1850s), Nagasaki was the only place in all of Japan where foreigners were allowed to visit, and even then it was extremely limited.  The Dutch were allotted a postage stamp sized artificial island in the harbour called Dejima. (more…)

Ocean Ivory

Here’s a shop in Nagasaki that appears to be selling things carved from whale bone. (more…)

Nagasaki Peace Park

It’s kind of surreal to be enjoying cherry blossoms at what was the hypocentre of atomic destruction. (more…)

Sakura in Nagasaki

The cherry blossoms have started to bloom. These ones are at a shrine at the bottom of the Mt Inasa ropeway. (more…)