Museum of Traditional Performing Arts
Favorite thing: When you exit the Glover House, you will see interesting collection of exhibits showing the Chinese influence on Nagasaki in festivals and ship buildings.
This is not surprising due to the proximity of Nagasaki in the southern part of Kyushu which is close to China and plus that Nagasaki has been important port where exchange with Chinese and other countries have been prevalent over the centuries.
Favorite thing: it supposed to be the point where the bomb exploded.
it was crowded with japanese students and some tourist.
the guide told us was in nagasaky where the cristianity enters japan. you will see some shops selling image of angels along with buddas.
we went to some ruins of the city and climb in a funicular to a mountain.
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Visit the Peacepark. In it a...
Favorite thing: Visit the Peacepark. In it a statue of a robust man that points one finger up in the sky (at ground zero, where the atomic bomb fell in 1945) and with the other flatheld hand he means to say 'never again'. In the park are some remainders of the blast and - though not as impressive as in Hiroshima - here too you will feel cold shivers about what happened once.
Fondest memory: The friendly students that showed us around. So sad we lost contact with them, but ... Jon-san, Kumi, Yoko and Junko, you are not forgotten.
Kujuku Shima (99 Islands)...
Favorite thing: Kujuku Shima (99 Islands) 50-minute boat tour
Fondest memory: At Sasebo's Kashi-sambashi Pier, a large boat resembling
a sailing ship of long ago will take you on a tour through the 99 Islands, passing close by many. This one is named 'Submarine Island.'
(This official web site calls the tour dock area 'Kashi-sambashi,' which I do not understand because the word for 'pier' is 'sanbashi.')
Fondest memory: Love Tulips to distraction... these are simply one of the most beautiful flowers in the world!
Makes me happy just thinking about them :-D
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Favorite thing: The reopening of the port to Westerners in the 19th century had Nagasaki flowered as a prosperous city. Many European-style buildings were built to accommodate the influx of foreigners. Notably the most famous being GLOVER HOUSE which was built in 1863 in the setting of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
Glover House is the residence of Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover (to the Japs he is known as Misaburo Kuraba). His ventures included coal mining, tea import house & the founding of a beer company (today's Kirin Beer).
Fondest memory: Pictured is the statue of Japanese prima donna Tamaki Miura, the lead lady in Madame Butterfly.
Houses of British traders.
Favorite thing: Take the escalators to the houses of British traders. You will get to see houses filled with Victorian furniture, upright piano & grand old gramophone with big horn manufactured by the Nippon-Ophone Company.
Fondest memory: Discovered these beautiful cherry blossoms (sakura) just before we took the escalators. Charming, aren't they? I've got a soft-spot for these flowers which only blossom once a year lasting 2 weeks max!
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