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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 ...
... mainly British) population of Nagasaki which developed as trade from the west was reintroduced in the late 19th century. There were absolutely brilliant views over Nagasaki which looks fantastic with buildings spread up both hillsides either side of the Nakashima river. Thomas Glover who the park is names after, was a particularly interesting character as it turns out he introduced the first steam train in Japan, the first ...
... Facing the statue is a large reflecting pool with the fountain resembling the wings of a dove further symbolizing the desire for peace. Many school children were singing praying and taking class photos in front of the statute.
The highlight of this park for us was an encounter with a survivor. This man was 14 when the bomb dropped and he keeps vigil daily by one of the statues. He brings flowers and says prayers for ...
... 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.
Next: Three days in South ...
... Another oddity of Japan is the huge number of outdoor vending machines…there is one for every 25 citizens, so they blanket the cities (it also tells you that crime must be low in Japan since they are not vandalized and look bright and shiny!).
Nagasaki also gave us a nice farewell—an excellent school ...