Coming to japan I had no intention of visiting Nagasaki. A city overshadowed by it's dark history of the atomic bombings, a tragic event that left many thousands of people dead and injured. Nothing exciting that would make me venture out and travel all way the south of the kyushu prefecture. If I wanted to visit an atomic bomb museum and experience a city damaged by the atomic bombings, Hiroshima was a much better option anyways due to its proximity to Tokyo and Kyoto.


The night before my last day in kyoto and with no prior knowledge, I found out that Typhoon trami ( category 4 Typhoon) was fast approaching and hitting centrally the area of kyoto,osaka, and hiroshima. With the shinkansen bullet trains announcing that all trains will be cancelled after 12pm next morning, I ventured out and took the last train out to Nagasaki.I ended up staying for 5 days, and could have stayed for more if I had the time.  


Nagasaki surprised me. Walking around nagasaki is an adventure, at every corner or small alleyway you will encounter a piece of history. Canals dating back to the 1600's, japans first china town, japans first church, temples and architecture influenced by the dutch and europeans that inhabited the city in the 1600's. Nagasaki is a melting pot of different cultures, and it was the gateway to the modernisation of the japan we see today.  


One would say that a city plagued with such a dark history will have very unwelcoming locals. But Nagasaki had the friendliest and most welcoming people I have met in world. To me it seems that the tragedy made them better people, they seem to value every moment, knowing that at any given moment everything can end.


Nagasaki port.

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Skateboarding at nagasaki seaside park.

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Nagasaki peace park statue.

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School girls blowing bubbles at nagasaki seaside  park.

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Window view from inside the nagasaki tram.

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Megan bridges, were built in 1634 by the chinese.

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A local sitting by Nagasaki port.

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Temple details.

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Nagasaki peace park. 

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Night view from mount. Incas.

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Oura church, the oldest church in japan.

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Portrait of a local and his dog.

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Street cat at a hilltop cemetery.

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Cemetery in nagasaki.
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Chinatown gateway. Nagasaki chinatown is the first chinatown in japan.

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Men playing a game of shogi. Shoji is the japanese version of chess.

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Women buying fish from an old fish store in chinatown.

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Hashima an abandoned coal mine island which lies 15 kilometres off the coast of Nagasaki. 

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Ruins of hashima island.

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Downtown Nagasaki on a rainy night.
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Men preparing for the kunchi festival which takes place oct 7 -9.

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