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Nov 17, 2013 - Nagasaki

NAGASAKI Now we are on the island of Kyushu - the most southern of the four larger ones. Well south of here are the Okinawan islands - Iwo jima being one famous one. Nagasaki is a port city with two rivers cutting through it and because of it's location it has a rich history. Japan had, until relatively recent times, an isolationist policy and did not trade. But there was some trade with the Portuguese just in Nagasaki and tomorrow we'll visit the place where it used to happen and then I can fill you in more. So our hotel is Portuguese...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Mount Unzen and Nagasaki

Up at 6am and on the road at 7:40 am. With Alex behind the wheel of our rental car we drove back to Kumamoto to catch the ferry over to Shimabara. Breakfast this morning was sandwiches, ice cream and coffee on board the ferry. On our way to Nagasaki we stopped to look at houses that had been almost buried by the volcanic eruption of mount Unzen Fugendake in 1993. On arrival in Nagasaki we checked in to the Belleview hotel and were immediately impressed with the rooms and this is the cheapest hotel we've stayed at. We hopped on a tram and...

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Apr 28, 2012 - Nagasaki, Japan

When we got going this morning, the ship was passing underneath the Megami Ohashi Bridge on her way to the berth at the Matsugae Wharf. Each country has had its own immigration procedures and the ship staff has done a fabulous job of making this process painless. Japan, so far, has had the most stringent immigration procedures. As we headed ashore, we had to pass through a heat scanner, checking I guess for anyone with elevated temperatures; the quarantine room was close by. Then they did a fingerprint scan and a retina scan for each...

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Our Oriental Odyssey

Aug 16, 2011 - Dutch Treat

Our time in Nagasaki has been truly intense! We were met at the station by a hired guide named Miyuki Ogawa. She helped us buy tram passes and took us the Dormy Inn. After dropping off the bags we headed out for a bowl of Champon Noodles in Chinatown. It was absolutely pouring but we got back on the tram and headed out to the atomic bomb site. The museum was disturbing but well worth going through. If everyone could visit I bet the world would be free of nuclear weapons. Next to the museum is the hypocenter marker with remnants of...

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Mingei Madness

Nov 8, 2010 - World peace

Although we have already visited Hiroshima's Peace Park and museum, it would have been remiss of us not to also visit the ones in Nagasaki. Unlike at Hiroshima, the atom bomb was dropped on the northern part of Nagasaki, near the Mitsubishi ammunition factory (and a POW camp - more about that later), so although the bomb was much more powerful (it was a plutonium bomb), the long narrow shape of Nagasaki and the surrounding mountains helped to protect the southernmost reaches of the city. Nevertheless, more than 70,000 people died...

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Nov 7, 2010 - The Scottish Samurai

Goodbye Hiroshima. We've really been charmed by this city that has resurrected itself, literally from the ashes. Today we are heading off to Nagasaki, another phoenix-like city, which often plays second fiddle to Hiroshima. One indication of this is that the shinkansen service doesn't extend to Nagasaki and we must change at Hakata to a "slower" train (which still means that it is much faster than just about anything we have in Australia - it's just all relative). It will be interesting to see what happens when the shinkansen is extended to...

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Oct 7, 2010 - at Nagasaki, Japan

today we have been docked at nagasaki, japan, yesterday at busan, so. korea actually today we are at sea between nagasaki and shanghai. the computer was giving me trouble, so i redid today wrote a whole bunch of stuff and it is now gone. i dont think that one should try this without a techie in the group. very briefly day before yesterday we were in busan, so korea. did a city tour. interesting combination of old and new.busan is the 4th largest port in the world.. larger are shanghai, singapore and hong kong. expecially memorable was the...

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Asian Cruise, 2010

Apr 16, 2010 - The Dutch Connection: Dejima and Huis Ten Bosch

It is still chilly with a bit of wind coming in from the river when I walk from my hotel in the direction of the harbour on day two of my stay in Nagasaki, day one I spent visiting the A-bomb site (I plan to pick that up together with Hiroshima). Already as little kids in school Dutch children are taught about Factorij Dejima (Dejima Trading Post) and the fact that the Dutch (actually the VOC was a multinational employing many nationalities) were the only Europeans allowed to have contact with Japan during over two hundred years of Japanese...

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Aug 19, 2008 - Nagasaki

Down here to go to the Peace Garden and Museum tomorrow. The hostel owner has pointed me in the direction of some hot springs on an island off the coast here so that sounds rather sweet. Sounds like an ideal day to me. Am off for some "Champon" - noodles, seafood and vegetables.

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Jul 12, 2008 - Nagasaki

Llegue a Nagasaki, fui al hostal que era muy bonito, muy japones, todo muy limpio y ordenado. No podiamos hacer check-in sino hasta las 3pm, asi que fui a almorzar con unos alemanes. Despues fuimos a caminar a Glover Garden, la zona donde vivian los comerciantes europeos (portugueses, holandeses, ingleses) que llegaron a Japon a partir del siglo 16. Hay otra zona, los Dutch Slopes, que tenia mas que nada casas holandesas. Despues botaron a todos menos los holandeses, que se quedaron en una islita llamada Dejima. Regresando caminando pase...

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Mar 17, 2008 - Nagasaki, Japan

Think San Francisco’… that was what we read about Nagasaki in a travel article prior to our trip. That description was on the money! We sailed into a beautiful harbor- surrounded by hills- there was even a large bridge that we sailed under as we arrived. The weather was crisp with no humidity- hell this could be San Francisco! Actually, we decided it was like being in China Town in San Francisco… or what San Francisco would look like if the war had turned out different. Naturally, the first thing you think about when you come to Nagasaki is...

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Rodgers '08 Travels

Nov 10, 2007 - Nagasaki

Our first stop was the oldest Catholic Church in Nagasaki. It was a nice church and when we walked in there was a Japanese couple having a wedding rehearsal with tourists walking around! Next to the church was the entrance to Glover Garden which is the old residential area for foreigners in Nagasaki, started by a Scottish guy. This was a nice place and you have to respect any historical gardens with a escalator up! It was interesting because all of the homes on display contained western style layout and furnishings which was odd. You also...

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