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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 ...
... the 250 year period and many Christians were crucified for continuing practising their religion. However, Christians managed to continue to practice in secret suiting this whole period so there are now many churches present in Nagasaki which seems very odd as they have not been present in any of the cities I have visited so far. Later on in the afternoon I visited Glover garden which displays a number of homes from the ...
... More are still being added. Streamers of a thousand colorful paper cranes again represented the desire for a long and peaceful and can be found all around the area. The huge statue peace has much symbolism. The hand point skyward addresses the threat of nuclear weapons, the flat out reached hand represents eternal peace. The face is supposed be a combination of a Buddha and Jesus, meaning that the desire for peace should be over ...
... 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 ...