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... so first time we felt we were back in Australia!
We dropped our luggage off at the hotel and bought a city circle one day bus pass (400 yen each) with first stop Kumamoto Castle. Yes, another castle but this one at least has an original section, though as with many of these sites, there has been substantial restoration and/or reconstruction. The castle is classed as one of the top 3 in Japan and turned out to be very different to others ...
We spent today at Nagasaki. It is, of course, best known to us as one of the two Japanese cities hit with atomic bombs at the end of WWII. Historically it has been an international trading and ship building area for Japan. Because there were so many foreigners (mostly Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese) in and out of the city over centuries it has been and still is the area in Japan with one of the largest concentration of Christians. ...
... The NZ Maori peace cloak made me feel a twinge of pride which I shared with a couple of other Kiwis who stopped by to read the plaque at the same time.
Next to the park just over the road is the bomb centre where it actually went off, 500 metres above the ground. It's left as an open space with just a single column in the middle and signs around the edges explaining the power of the explosion and the wave of human carnage which followed. ...
... items from the event, and - what was most moving was to see - the effects of the atomic bomb on the people. It was heart breaking to to see the pictures. Did you know that people suffered years after this? Glass was being removed from a woman 10 years later and several cancers did not manifest till 10-15 years later. Second and third generations of the atomic bomb where affected. They may not have been present, but ...
... 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 ...
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