Nagasaki Washington Hotel
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... in Japan. When the water level is up it is said to look like eyeglasses, hence the name.
After that we hit a few other tourist spots. We had lunch in a shopping area called Hammanmachi and took a quick look at the Japanese version of the $1 store. We made a brief stop at the Glover Garden, which is an open air museum and garden that originally belonged to westerners. We basically peeked in as it didn’t seem worth the over $18 it was going to cost ...
... 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 ...
... but we walked around the grounds and Dave went into a museum part. The staff were all dressed up and in character and on the hour these two women started doing a cute little dance. Then we went to find the area this place was most famous for. It is known as "carp city" due to all of these streams running through the streets full of koi carp. We walked through this cute little shopping arcade. Everywhere were taps and pots with spring water. You can fill up your water bottle anywhere ...