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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, ...
... he related as to how he had always wanted to visit "ground zero" because of what took place there meant that his family in Indonesia could start rebuilding their lives. It was an emotional journey for him, and it showed is his face and in the telling.
I woke at 2 AM this morning with my head spinning full of what I wanted to write about in this posting, yet wondering if I could succeed. Forgive me if I have not.
As we left the ship ...
... practise our "Japanese", evely wol we say svaps de r fo a l and de th fo a d. Anyone ristening as we wark wourd be dinking we a mad! We make ourselves laugh anyway. Nagasaki is very hilly and lots of steep paths and roads and lots of steps. First we come to a Shinto Shrine and along side of that is the entrance to the Ropeway. It's a quick 1km up the mountain and we arrive at the top about 333m above sea level. There is am observation tower that we walk up ...
... were standing at one zebra crossing and waiting for the green man when an old lady struck up a conversation in broken English with Dave. She was keen to know where we were from and what we thought of her city. I liked that about Nagasaki very much.
After exhausting our interest in the pound style shops we made our way back to the cruise terminal. On the waterfront, we found a really nice bar which sold a massive, ...
... is in an enormous shopping centre which I ignore for the moment intent on getting in. I have googled translated what I'm going to say to the ticket people so I'm confident it will work. Nope. With Japanese helpfulness also comes Japanese follow rules at all times and there is no bargaining with the ticket women. I even show her pictures of Dakota with the cats (sorry I know exploiting babies is wrong). I think she might give in for a moment and she ...
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