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... We had a nice Japanese dinner, plus long talks until late night.
For breakfast was buffet, everything was on offer, Japanese and European style, I eat so much, one more bit and I would have bursted! Does not feel to good at the moment, but it pays out after a long days bike ride.
Next stage stop was Kitakyushu, which means north Kyushu, another big Japanese city.
I actually learned today here in Nagasaki, that ...
... acted as the only zone of entry for foreigners during Japan's 250 year seclusion from the rest of the world. In fact, after the removal of the Portuguese and Christian religion the only foreigners allowed were the Dutch traders of the Dutch East India company. However, they were forced to live on Dejima island, away from the Japanese population and were only visited by a limited numbers of merchants. Christianity was also ...
... In January 1955, purple spots had formed on her legs. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia (her mother referred to it as "an atom bomb disease"). She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given, at the most, a year to live. After being diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation, Sadako spent her time in a nursing home folding origami paper cranes in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the ...
... nuclear stockpiling. The bright spot are the countless streamers of paper cranes created by school children as a symbol of life that decorate the entry ways, the exits and the hallways leading to the disturbing pictures and artifacts. The museum was well organized, but tough to visit.
Our next stop, The Peace Park is a fabulous contrast to the sadness of the museum with tributes to peace represented by statues from around ...
... 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.
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