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I have not written a new entry, since I left this nice people, which is a while ago.
That does not mean my journey is over yet, presently I am crisis crossing Japan, it's only my blog writing which just took a bit of a " ...
Today I was all ready to exploit my last rail pass day and got up early at 6.45 and headed to Iwakuni. After getting very lucky I got the bus to and from the bridge just in time to meet my connection froward a Nagasaki afterwards. Iwakuni bridge is a 5 arched bridge that creates a ripple effect across the river and really isn't like anything I've seen before and is so typically Japanese in style(see photos). Unfortunately it ...
Modern history of Nagasaki dates back to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1570. Due to its deep natural harbor, Nagasaki prospered as the only port opened to the west and the Dutch and Chinese followed the Portuguese. However, the Portuguese offended the ruling Shogun by bringing in Catholic missionaries. The Shogun closed the area because of the missionaries. The Dutch conferred with the Shogun and told him that they were Protestant, ...
... to ships staff and “came home”. Meanwhile Barbara went back to the terminal shops to “surrender” her remaining yen.
During our sail away, those passengers lining the promenade deck rail were treated to a rousing performance presented by a local high school band – sadly we missed this as dinner was being served at the same time.
Farewell Japan, thanks for the wonderful memories.
Next: Three days in South ...
... several American songs dockside before we sailed away, including the theme from Mission Impossible and La Bamba. The children were adorable! As we waived goodbye, they all ran to the end of pier and continued playing until they were specks in the distance.
After a sea day, we will arrive in South Korea.