Nagasaki. What an emotive name. Steeped in history as Japan’s only gateway to the outside world during this nation’s closed period, this delightful city – by local standards small (nearly half a million) – surrounds a beautiful deep water and protected harbour, ringed by steep hills.
Our accommodation is perfectly located near the rail station and trams right outside. After breakfast we set out to walk “only 15 minutes” along the wharf precinct to check out the boats and visit the Prefectural art museum.
We listen carefully to a tourist lady as she earnestly gives detailed directions… turn right, then reft, the two turns right. So off we go! An hour later, no water, industrial area, so retrace our steps.
Moral – when setting off with clear turn directions, you gotta make sure you’re facing the right way when you start!
Next day we catch a tram (learning now) to the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre.
73 years on, but the memory clearly still raw.
We check out the whole site which includes exhibits, statues, from many countries in memory of those who suffered.
(A few images taken at the peace memorial)
The Australian contribution adds reference to the effects in our country of the British nuclear tests at Maralinga.
After a sombre few hours we jump on a tram, back for lunch and a cold Kirin.