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Peace Park Statute. Photo by Masgatotka
Peace Park Statute. Photo by Masgatotka
Albuquerque Bridge. Photo by Stefan Huhn
Albuquerque Bridge. Photo by Stefan Huhn
Shinchi China Town at Lantern Festival. JKT
Shinchi China Town at Lantern Festival. JKT
Confucious Temple in Nagasaki. Photo Kzhr
Confucious Temple in Nagasaki. Photo Kzhr
View of Mt Inasa, Nagasaki. Photo Papchopi
View of Mt Inasa, Nagasaki. Photo Papchopi
Nagasaki Lantern Festival. Photo Katorisi
Nagasaki Lantern Festival. Photo Katorisi
Hirado Ohashi Bridge, Nagasaki. Sitake
Hirado Ohashi Bridge, Nagasaki. Sitake
Saikyoji Temple, Hirado. Photo Atsasebo
Saikyoji Temple, Hirado. Photo Atsasebo

Nagasaki Information

Nagasaki is situated on the island of Kryûshû in Japan. Amazingly enough it wasn’t the Japanese locals but the Portuguese that founded the city in the 16th century it became the centre of Nanban trade between the European and the Japanese people.

Unfortunately the wonderful history of trading and culture that developed in the 16th-19th century is well overshadowed by the awful history of the Second World War, where Nagasaki is remembered for being the site of a nuclear atomic explosion instigated by the Americans on behalf of the Allies.

In tribute to the sad history of the city, one of the must see places is the Nagasaki Peace Park established in 1955 near the centre of the explosion. At the parks north end is the Peace Statute dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people killed or injured in the explosion. For more information another great place is the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum located at Hirano-machi.

Since the war era Nagasaki been completely rebuilt. Although many buildings from the Meiji Period were lost the city has many modern buildings and skyscrapers located around the edge of the harbour. The city has once again become a very important port city and economic hub of Japan.

One great historical building that survived the war was the former Mitsubishi second dock in Glover Garden. Built by Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover it is significant as Thomas modernised Japan in shipbuilding and coal mining.

A great annual festival not to miss is the Nagasaki Kunchi held early October. The festival celebrates the autumn harvest with live performances and the traditionally Japanese custom of “Niwamise” Garden showing where locals open their private homes to the public.

Another great festival is the Nagasaki Lantern festival that celebrates Chinese New Year with a beautiful display of lanterns.

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Nagasaki Ekimae Station and Traffic. Photo Taken by Pachopi
Nagasaki Ekimae Station and Traffic. Photo Taken by Pachopi
Mt Insa Lookout in Nagasaki. Photo by Specialist 3rd Class Joanna M. Rippee
Mt Insa Lookout in Nagasaki. Photo by Specialist 3rd Class Joanna M. Rippee