Sightseeing in Nagasaki

Trip Start Sep 18, 2006
Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Today i did some sightseeing around Nagasaki. We began the day by going to the haka, or grave, of my host mother:s mother. haka--there:s a word that:s not included in the vocabulary of the Genki textbook. The one we went to was a sort of mausoleum. Each person had a smal shrine-like space of marble and gold. In Nagasak, so much space is un-usable as it is made up of steep mountains. The japanese bury their deceased on the land that they can:t otherwise use. Each headstone is a tall rectangular shape and represents a family and is large and again, made of gold and marble. I really wanted to take a picture but my better judgement told me that snapping pictures wasn:t appropriate at the time.
> Here:s a picture I got off the web...hope it works

Later we went to the Spectacles Bridge (Megane bashi) which is the first stone bridge in Japan. More info regarding the history of that to come later

We went to the Urakami Church, a catholic church destroyed when the A-bomb was dropped pretty much right over it. (They missed their target--the ship building portion of nagasaki and hit a catholic church). Again, more info on that hopefully to come later (All the info there was in Japanese but one of the classes I will be taking will should include a field trip with our english speaking prof).

Later this afternoon, we went bowling (Nagasaki was the first to have a bowling alley in Japan). We had a good time. I would post pictures of all that went on today, but my camera just ran out of batteries.

We had chanpon for dinner-a Nagasaki specialty made of everything- noodles, sea food, meat, vegetable, etc. Chanpon means assortment. It was delicious

At dusk we took the skyway to the top of inasa-yama for a night view of Nagasaki. Spectacular! My pictures unfortunately did not do it justice. More to come later!

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lrowntree on

from mom
I'm loving the journal! It is almost as good as my around the world movie tour.

iangoodrick on

I didn't know bashi was already know more japanese than me, you're doing awesome.

snuzette on

Re: dang
actually, in my dictionary it says hashi is bridge...but they keep saying bashi

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