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- Non-smoking hotel
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- High-speed internet in room (free)
- Hot tub
- Refrigerator in room
- Microwave in room
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The day following the wedding we headed off to Arita, a small town south east of Fukuoka. Arita is known for its porcelain pottery. A discovery was made in the 1500's in this town of a type of stone that resulted in a most spectacular quality of porcelain. For years the knowledge of how the pottery was made was kept secret – people of the town had to have a 'passport’ to get in and out of town as guards were posted at either end. No one was going to steal ...
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. ...
... devastated the city and brought the end of World War II.
I heard my grandfather visited Nagasaki to help with the rebuilding as he was in the NZ navy during the war. He never really spoke much about it specifically, except to say it was flattened. Walking around the area the bomb hit and reading about its impact was something I felt to be important, but no amount of reading about it, or hearing stories will ever prepare you for seeing it ...
We finally boarded the Shinkansen Bullet train and it is awesome! These trains are really first class. It seems like you are on an airplane inside, but it's a train. And it's such a smooth ride. We think it's very fancy! We arrived in Nagasaki which is on the island / part of Japan-of Kyushu. It is the southern most part of Japan. It is surrounded three parts by mountains and one part by sea. What's so interesting here is that on ...
... 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 ...