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Apr 25, 2015 - Nagasaki

Located on the tip of Kyushu Island, Nagasaki is our first port of call in Japan. The going ashore formalities are rather like getting off an airplane and you have go through a customs inspection. As you would imagine the Japanese were very courteous and very well organised. Once ashore we took a tramcar out to the Atomic Bomb Museum that is situated at the epicentre of the Atomic Bomb blast. The museum showed life in Nagasaki before and after the atomic explosion that was detonated 500 m above the city on August 9th 1945 at 11.02 am. The...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete is happy to be visiting Japan again this spring. He had a nice day in Nagasaki, visiting some of the places he has enjoyed before. He is feeling good and having a good time. As of today, he has traveled 60,246 miles since he left Indianapolis 22 weeks ago.

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Sep 13, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete was glad to be back in Japan when he called from Nagasaki. He was not sure what he was going to do in town because he has seen all of the big tourist attractions in Nagasaki but this will be his last stop there during this contract so he was planning to visit the city while he had the chance. Although he still has not had any written notification about his current contract extension or his new contract, he had gotten word that his vacation would just be for the time that the ship is in dry dock in Singapore, from October 18 to November...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

The itinerary for this cruise was changed so Pete was in Nagasaki, Japan today, rather than in Yeosu, South Korea. It has been several weeks since they last visited Nagasaki, which is one of the places Pete likes to visit. He took advantage of the wifi situation to send some pictures and emails. The Music Director asked Pete to extend his contract until the ship goes into dry dock on October 17 so he will be staying on the ship a little longer until his vacation. Also, Pete and his friend, Holbrook, were asked to return to the Voyager after...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

With the itinerary change, Pete spent the day in Nagasaki, Japan. He and his friends, Hannah and Roman, went to the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. They also made a stop at Starbucks to use the wifi. They do not have any performance activities today.

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May 26, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete checked in from Nagasaki. The ship picked up some new musicians in Busan so they had a rehearsal in the morning to get the new folks up to snuff. They have picked up a new piano player, a new trumpet player, and a new bass player. He said things went fine. The previous piano player, who has been on board about a month, was not working out well and knew that he was being replaced but did not know exactly when that would happen. He was called to the Human Relations office early in the day and told to get his things together because he...

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May 21, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete checked in from Nagasaki, where he made another visit to the Peace Park. He mentioned how much he likes Japan and the Japanese people, who he has found to be very cooperative, nice, polite, and respectful. When a cruise services the Japanese ports, the emergency drill procedure always goes very well because the passengers work hard to cooperate and follow the instructions given to them by the crew members. He has one more week of Japanese ports and then the ship will be visiting more ports in China and South Korea. He also enjoys the...

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May 11, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete checked in from his second trip to Nagasaki to wish his mom a happy Mother's Day, even though it was actually still Saturday night in Indianapolis. Things were fine and he had an enjoyable day. He had a special parade rehearsal because they were doing a parade that they haven't done for several weeks and had some new employees who needed the rehearsal. Pete described his costume for the parade as a dress and what looks like a World War II British Army helmet with a large turtle on top! Hopefully we will get a picture of that sometime....

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Apr 18, 2014 - Nagasaki, Japan

Pete emailed from Nagasaki, Japan. He was able to leave the ship with no problem with his passport and a shore pass, despite the fact that he has not yet received his Japanese credentials. He spent the day with a group of friends from the ship. They visited the Nagasaki Peace Park, which features sculptures of the Atomic Bomb attack. They visited Ground Zero, which is now a memorial, and also the Atomic Bomb museum, which Pete said was cool but pretty graphic. They had lunch at a restaurant where they sat on cushions at a table about a foot...

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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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