I’ve actually never thought that I would be visiting Nagasaki when in Japan. My understanding of this city was limited to the atomic bombing in 1945, which led to Indonesia (my hometown) proclaiming their independence.
The journey took 2 hours from Hakata to Nagasaki station, and my first impression was, wow – this feels like some old little town in 1960s. The buildings are not modern, and there were not so many people on the streets – I think it was most crowded in station area only.
I mean, look at how empty the street was? It made me feel alive, like I was actually breathing. (ok you may think I’m exaggerating but in Hong Kong, I could bump into someone every 2 steps)
Plus, I found another vending machine!
We took the tram and decided to visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
There were photographs and memoirs of the victims of the atomic bomb, including those perished after due to injuries or illnesses caused by the bombing.
The Remembrance Hall (left) is a prayer room, containing a registry of the names of the dead and survivors who subsequently died.
There are also paper cranes are all around the museum – a symbol of hope for peace.
It was heartbreaking as we learned more about the past and how this life, that is often taken for granted, can be affected by a single action.
We also walked to Nagasaki Hypocenter Park (5 mins away). There’s this tomb dedicated to those who died and were never found, and is located in the middle of concentric circles. This monument marks the exact location and hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
Being here gave us emotional experience as we reflected on the past and present days — and being reminded once again, about the importance of peace.
Anyways, later on the day we went to Dejima Wharf, known for the best seafood with a view in Nagasaki.
ps: the small glass on the right, might look like a water but it was actually rice shocu. I honestly could not finish it (neither could Aman and Austin lol) — it tasted SO bitter and strong.
Oh, by the way – we chose the tram to travel around (since it’s pretty easy!). Is it just me or this tram, with its colour pattern, looks so edgy and retro?!
This concludes our day trip to Nagasaki — a city that was once damaged, but raised again in hope for peace. It’s charming in its own way.
Despite a brief visit, this will always be part of our memories. We’ve set our feet in this city and learned some valuable lessons; Nagasaki is not just another word we used to read in history class 🙂
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