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3/11 Stage 64 Hayashima -Hiroshima. Km 160
7/11 Stage 65 Hiroshima -Yamaguchi. Km 150
8/11 Stage 66 yamaguchi -kitakyushu Km 120
9/11 Stage 67 Kitakyushu - Nagasaki. Km 130
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, ...
... 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 ...
... because a hydrogen bomb (nicknamed "Fatman") was dropped on this city at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, killing some 74,000 and injuring another 75,000. The total population of the city at that time was 240,000.
We were very fortunate to have a survivor of the bomb as our guide. What a wonderful gentleman—a very ...