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.
We tried out the cafeteria for the first time before leaving. On the left is George. On the right is Nate.
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.
These are some trees from the peace park.
A still-standing wall from a prison that got blown away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That way to Iwojima.
A picture of the sign pointing to the museum. I want to go here.