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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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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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