Our first stop was Nagasaki, the city which was destroyed by the second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945. Two summers ago we had gone to Hiroshima, so it was interesting to compare the two cities. It still amazes me after seeing the destruction and damage caused by the bombs, how both cities have rebuilt and have no real lasting visual effects.
Our first day in Nagasaki was spent exploring the city, Peace Park, the bombing site and the Atomic Bombing museum.
|Bombing Memorial - We had just been there after the anniversary so there were many items of remembrance there.|
|Matt and I at Peace Park|
|Part of a church building that withstood the bomb|
|The kids and I in front of another memorial|
|The outside of the church was beautiful. The art was made from broken dishes and pottery.|
|Memorials of the missionaries. The youngest one was 12 years old.|
|View from a dam overlooking the rice fields.|
|Small little town along the way offering canal rides|
|Tatami rooms. The farther down the room the higher your rank would be|
|You can see just how big the surrounding castle walls were compared to Sami.|
|View from the top of the castle|
|Matt & kids at the secondary castle|
|Chris trying to scale the castle walls|
It was a great first two days. Even though I have lived here for almost three years, I still find myself falling in love with this country more and more.
Next up -- Mt. Aso, Oita, Beppu -- Kyushu Part II.