2017 was the year I found myself traveling more locally in Japan and visited some of the places on my list, one of those is Nagasaki City.
If you are familiar with history, Nagasaki is one of the places where the Atomic bomb was dropped during the WWII. The other one is of course, Hiroshima City which I visited years ago.
One of the first places I visited after arrving is the Peace & Atomic Bomb Museum. Compared to my experience in Hiroshima, where I ran outside after a few minutes, I have prepared myself to see the effect of this terrible event in the city.
Let’s take a short tour,shall we?
One the first item that will caught your eye is the clock showing the time the blast happened.
Remembering August 9, 1945 11:02 AM.
You can also see some of the old photograph taken a few days after the bomb was dropped.
An aerial view of the actual location where the city was hit.
There are different part of history and actual experiences recorded in the museum but I think the main point of having this place is to be reminded how horrible war is.
As you get out of the main museum , you can see thousand of paper cranes, the symbol of peace made by both local and foreign visitors.
You can see more pictures here.
A few minutes walk from the museum, you can find the epicenter of the blast.
It was an eye opening experience. I did not ran this time. I took my time reading and watching the short films inside the museum. It helps us remember that technology is a great thing but it can also be a terrible weapon.
On the lighter note, you can also find the man-made island where the Dutch settlers live during the years they started trading with Japan, Dejima.
Dutch, were the very first foreigners allowed to trade in Japan but even still they were not allowed to enter the main city so this man-made island in Nagasaki was made for them.
Welcome to Dejima.
Let’s take a short tour
They retained an area to show how the Dutch have their meal.
A pole table for some fun.
It was short but fun trip. Thankfully LLC is getting famous, the cheaper and faster way to travel around Japan.
If you ever visit Japan, make sure to include Nagasaki in your list.
More pictures here.