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... a jazz concert at the Wedgewood porcelain property. She had 2 extra tickets at $60 that she simply offered to us and would not let us pay for them. What an amazing venue, intimate seating for about 80 people, and a great concert to boot. We were all so surprised. The Japanese jazz singer is named Erika, is quite famous, and lives most of the time in New York. She was accompanied by a piano player from New York and a percussionist from Japan who had played at the ...
... of the Urakami Cathedral, a Catholic church built in 1895 and nearly completely destroyed by the bomb. This portion was relocated to the bomb site when the church was rebuilt in 1958.
We next went to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Here they do a good job of relating the history leading up to and after the bombing. They also have many artifacts from the bombing. I had never know that Nagasaki was the secondary, not primary, bomb target. The ...
... a nearby prison with reinforced walls was smashed like a sandcastle killing the lot inside. 73000 + were killed and 2/3 of the city brought to rubble. I couldn't read on further as the mind struggles to comtempate it.
The next stop is the war museum, we went in but despite Rachelle saying we might as well go in I just couldn't face what I knew would be horrific images, I've seen enough war museums to know they can bring on nightmares. The walk ...
We finally boarded the Shinkansen Bullet train and it is awesome! These trains are really first class. It seems like you are on an airplane inside, but it's a train. And it's such a smooth ride. We think it's very fancy! We arrived in Nagasaki which is on the island / part of Japan-of Kyushu. It is the southern most part of Japan. It is surrounded three parts by mountains and one part by sea. What's so interesting here is that on ...
... pieces, onward to the Kiln of a different type of pottery, made from a
pale rock, pulverised ,then mixed to clay, we saw the complete process, with
the staff still painting by hand ,brushes, so large, made of deer and goat
hair, as they have since 400 years ago, its traditional and the process is
intricate, it was the blue and white and almost cartoon figures ,this time,
nothing really outstanding here to like, but a great Family ,with many ...