Dawn arrived over Nagasaki as we sailed into port.
We had an excursion planned for this city since we had no clue how to maneuver around. Of course, there was a slight screw up and we ended up leaving an hour late. But by the end of the day it all turned out well.
When you go on an excursion you have at least 35 people along all in various stages of “elderly” some in great shape others with walkers. Some aren’t happy with anything and others who lag behind so that the rest of us have to wait for them. Which is why we usually choose not to participate, but this one turned out well.
Our first stop was the Peace Park.
Nagasaki was the site of the second atomic bomb. Over 1/3 of the population perished and over another 1/3 of the population was wounded from the bomb. There was no warning at all. Actually, Nagasaki was not suppose to be bombed, there was an ammunitions factory on one of the islands off Nagasaki but because there was strong smoke cover over that island the second choice was destroyed and that was Nagasaki. There was smoke over Nagasaki too and the pilots were just about to scrap the mission when the smoke cleared and they dropped the bomb. They wanted it to hit the Mitsubishi factory that was producing ammunition but they hit the Catholic Church instead.
At the 50 year anniversary mark, the city of Nagasaki opened the Peace Park and Atomic Museum to commemorate the event.
There is a statue that is pointing to upward toward the heavens in reference to all the victims of the blast and it is pointing to the left to show the world that there should be peace.
Today was a festival so there were lots of people around.. Again there were kids…
One story out of this is one of a young girl who got sick from the bomb and thought if she would make 1000 origami cranes (a sign of peace) she would be cured, unfortunately, she only finished about 600 before she died. Others continued and now there were origami paper cranes everywhere.
Those are ropes of origami cranes, and here are more.
Another story out of the destruction is that so many people were in terrible condition and had a great thirst and asked continuously for water. In memory of those victims they built a fountain called “The Peace Fountain”.
Many countries participated in this beautiful memorial with artwork in their own interpretations.
From the Peace Park we went to a Cable Car for a ride up to the highest peak so that we can see views of the city from above.
From way above the city I was able to find the Peace Park and photograph it from above.
From the cable car we went to Chinatown (silly place) Why do we continue to go to Chinatowns in every city when our next stop is Beijing in China. Anyway, the Chinatown is only 1 block long, we choose to sit it out and wait for everyone else. We were suppose to go to a temple but 1. none of us had any interest in another temple and 2. the driver said that because there was a festival that day, traffic was going to be very difficult and it might be a better idea to go to the Atomic Museum.. We were thrilled. We were all so moved by the Park and the history that we wanted to see the museum.
The entrance to the museum.
A model of the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.
So many displays were horrible but it is necessary to remember and pray that something like this never ever happens again. The museum was hard to take especially knowing that we did this to these people without any warning, killing 75,000 people and injuring another 75,000.
We left the museum and it took a while for us to get back into the touring mode and our next stop was called the Glover Gardens. Glover came to China from Scotland as a young man to be a “tea inspector” during the first decade of the 20th century. After a number of years in China he was offered a job in Nagasaki and became one of the leading foreign business entrepreneurs in Japan and built a complex of beautiful homes and gardens for his family.
On the property there are 2 stones in the shape of hearts. It is said that if you find and touch the 2 stones then you will find true love.. We found them both and touched them… so now what????????????????????????????
There were a number of Koa ponds and winding paths.
One thing I realized is that Japanese love to get their picture taken.. Here’s one with Jim…
Look what we bumped into as we were heading back to the ship and had no time to try it out.. Maybe in Vietnam.
South Korea next!