Posted by: Gary Guertin | February 18, 2017

17. World Cruise–Nagasaki, Japan–Feb. 15, 2017

Hi All, (Written Feb. 17, 2017)

Editorial Footnote:  I want to apologize to my lovely daughter for implying that she had said my posts were boring.  The truth is I interpreted that from one of her emails to her mother.  I am completely guilty, probably because I feel they must be boring because we are not doing a lot as we go from port to port.

Nagasaki:  Now having said that, fasten your seatbelts, and if you don’t have a lot of time come back to read Nagasaki later, because this post is long.

As you may remember, Nagasaki was the site of the second atomic bomb drop in WWII.  We’ll begin with a look at the port from the ship.  The view from the entrance to the port:

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Again, this confirms I was out there taking pictures even though it was in the balmy upper 50ths:

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Looking at Nagasaki from the port side of the ship (left side away from the pier):

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Up closer:

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Now from the starboard side (right, onto the pier) a look up and down the pier:

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And the main cruise terminal:

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I focused the zoom lens on some interesting buildings:

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Susy and I felt well enough from our colds to venture out and try and see the Park that had been created at the center of the site where the atomic bomb hit.

First the ships port sign:

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Susy in front of one of the statues as we left the port:

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And who could pass up a beautiful Japanese baby smiling at Susy as we passed:

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Here’s a typical street view as we took a tram to the atomic bomb site:

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And here’s the story of Nagasaki’s atomic bomb:

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Just a reminder, that if you want to view any of these photos in a larger size, I believe all you have to do is click on them once or twice and they should enlarge.

The atomic bomb site is made up of three areas.  The first we will visit is called the "Peace Park".  Here’s the steps (with an escalator on the side for us older folks) from the street level up to Peace Park:

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At the top of the stairs you encounter the Peace Fountain:

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On the other side of the Peace Fountain we walk down the center of the Park:

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All the statues you see have been donated by artists from around the world to the people of Nagasaki to promote world peace by remembering what war can bring as represented by the atomic bomb that was dropped here.

On the way through the park we came upon an actual survivor from the atomic bomb dropped here.  We got a picture with an argentine member of a band that plays in the ship disco, and the Survivor:

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His story:

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As we got to the other side of the park we came upon the huge Peace Statue that looks over the Park:

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The second area as we left the Peace Park is across the street and is a small park which is located on the hyper-center of where the bomb hit.  Here is that area:

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Several statues in this park:

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The third site is a large museum dedicated to the Nagasaki atomic bomb.  We decided to by pass the museum and head back to the ship.  On the way you know Susy, like I know Susy, a shopping center:

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Well, I finally got her back to the ship, home at last:

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And on the way back to our cabin, one of our neighbors is an artist who posts these comical drawings on his cabin door, here’s the latest:

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Next Port Incheon (Seoul), South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

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Responses

  1. Que gran país Japón y su gente, son tan respetuosos. Yo hablo por las colonias de Japoneses aquí en Argentina, nunca sale en un diario que un Japonés residente aquí haya cometido un delito. Son gente muy digna, respetuosa y decente.
    Que disfruten su estadía allí.
    Besos,
    Adela


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