Nagasaki

Day 33 – Thursday February 16, 2017

Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It became a center of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. Its name means "long cape". During World War II, the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made Nagasaki the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack.

Our tour today was with Cruise Specialists Group.

Our first stop was the Peace Park, very near the bomb hypercenter. This is a beautiful open area park with many monuments contributed by various entities.

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The remaining foundations of a prison which was located in what is now the park.

“The Seven Continents”, donated by Nagasaki’s sister city St. Paul Minneapolis.

A full scale model of “Fat Man” the A-bomb drop on Nagasaki which effectively ended WWII.

Nagasaki “Rope Way” incline to the top of Mt. Inasa for a view of Nagasaki and the bay.

We wanted to take the incline, but were too cheap so this was the best we could do…

(just kidding, admission included in tour price)

Nagasaki is known by the locals as the town of “slopes”. Many communities are built on the side of the mountains.

I never realized just how mountainous Nagasaki was.

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Henk, our Cruise Specialist Host at our restrurant.

Most traditional Japanese restaurants require you remove your street shoes and wear provided slippers to enter the restaurant proper.

Our restrurant was over 150 years old and consisted of many interconnected small rooms with open areas such as this inbetween.

One of the interconnecting hallways in the restaurant.

Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Like yesterday, the meal consisted of at least 10 courses. Unlike yesterday they were served individually. Since no one spoke English the exciting thing was you had no idea when the meal was over! You thought you were finished and suddenly someone appeared with another course. Soups, shichimi, pickled vegetables, sweet black beans and a delicious fatty pork were some of the treats.

Oura Catholic Church, over 150 years old, was establish immediately after the end of percussion of Christians in Japan. The first members were Christians who had maintained their faith in secret for centuries.

In Grover Park you would see couples like these dressed in traditional costume. The best we could tell, they just rented or purchased this dress for an outing. They were always gracious in allowing you to take photos.

A small fall in Grover Park.

Another beautiful scene in the park.

I know, I have an obsession with the vending machines. It just amazes me by both the number of machines and the variety of products offered.

I believe I may have prematurely stated in yesterday’s post that we were heading for South Korea and the DMZ. Since I am usually writing a couple of days after the events take place, you must excuse my sometime lapses of time sequence! At this moment, we are in Incheon, South Korea waiting for immigration and custom clearance to leave the ship. It is 9:30 AM Saturday, Feb. 18at this moment, but It might be the afternoon before I can get internet to upload the post.

Got to go.

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