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Nagasaki Bus Tour

Posted on Tuesday April 07, 2009 at 8:34am in ,

Today after getting a two hour crash course in Nagasaki’s history (this city has a lot of history… I didn’t even know it)! we took a bus tour of the city. To be honest, the only thing I thought that was historic about Nagasaki was that it was one of the two cities that got vaporized in World War II. As it turns out, there is a lot more. Everything that Japan is today came from Nagasaki in some form or other. I found the two hour preview so interesting that I really want to take a history class while I am here. I recommend you look it up and read about it. Maybe it won’t be as interesting to you as it is me, since I am actually in the city…but maybe if you like history…

Here are some photos from the tour.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
We tried out the cafeteria for the first time before leaving. On the left is George. On the right is Nate.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
This is the giant statue located at the Nagasaki Peace Park. It is one of the main symbols of Nagasaki. The outstretched arm pointing forward represents peace. The upward pointing arm cautions against further use of nuclear weapons. I have now been to ground zero of both of the atomic bombs.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
These are some trees from the peace park.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
A still-standing wall from a prison that got blown away.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
This is our tour guide. His name is Sebastian and he is a History teacher at the school. He was a fun guide. This picture isn’t very good, the bus was shifting or something and I took it at a bad moment.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
This is the house of Dr. Nagai. He did a lot of work with X-Rays, and therefore had leukemia. He was a survivor of the bomb, but lost both his wife and child from it. After his loss, he wrote a lot of songs about the bombing. But his condition worsened due to radiation sickness and died shortly after.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
This was the first cathedral in Japan, rebuilt after the atomic bomb. If you get a chance you should read about the persecution of the Christians in Nagasaki, and about the 26 martyrs. Japan could have been a christian nation, but because of these events, things went completely different. Very interesting. Out of the less than 1% of Japan that is Christian, over 90% live in Nagasaki.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
This is Dejima, it used to be the world’s first man-made island. There is a lot of history behind this island, as well.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
That way to Iwojima.

Bus Tour of Nagasaki
A picture of the sign pointing to the museum. I want to go here.

A lot of the tour was of course about the atomic bomb. Now that I think about it, I’ve never felt unwelcome here (even in Nagasaki and Hiroshima). I’ve never gotten a dirty glare or anything because of what the US did in this city. It’s good to know that Japan is able to move on and devote themselves to peace. It takes a strong country to move on so quickly and put everything behind us. Japan and the United States are now on good terms and have a very prosperous and harmonious relationship.

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