Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nagasaki Seafood

Without a doubt the best seafood in all of Japan is right here on my doorstep in Nagasaki.  We are blessed with an abundant amount of fresh fish and just about any type of crustacean that you could want and or name.

So, of course when my brother and mother visited me here in Nagasaki, Japan one of their first requests is to eat sushi and sashimi to their hearts content.  Well in fact, more my brothers request rather than my mothers but at least she came and checked out our local fishmonger.

Tanaka San is a bit of a legend in these parts of Nagasaki.  Always going that extra mile to satisfy a customers desires and requests in regards to all things fishy.  My brother got down and dirty and too his credit did a fine job for a first time beginner.  No matter how badly the fish was cut and prepared, in truth it tastes just the same as the impeccably prepared and presented version that Tanaka San does routinely on a daily basis.

Don`t know it this experience will become a regular Tour Nagasaki event but the pictures and video are well worth a look.  Hope you get some pointers and or ideas for your next fish eating and preparation adventure.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nagasaki Fat Man Atomic Bomb

The Nagasaki Fat Man Atomic Bomb is the code name for the atomic bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  It was the second of two nuclear weapons to be used in warfare to date (the other being The little Boy over Hiroshima) and its detonation caused the third man-made nuclear explosion.  Nagasaki Fat Man Atomic Bomb was an implosion type weapon with a plutonium core compared to Hiroshima that was a Uranium type weapon therefore its intensity and detonation impact was expected to be many times more powerful and destructive than that of Hiroshima days earlier.

At the moment of the explosion there was a brilliant flash of light, ten seconds later an enormous roar sounded and a fearful blast swept across the area.  Sharp rays of heat emitted massive amounts of radiation all over Nagasaki within seconds and because there were no barriers to the spread of radiation huge amounts of Nagasaki, were destroyed almost instantaneously.

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The Fat Man Bomb

 English Subtitles


Teary stories

Interesting displays










People didn't feel anything abnormal, as this radiation didn't produce sound or heat but in actuality it had permeated deep into their bodies and affecting them greatly.  The temperature directly under the explosion was estimated to be somewhere from 3,000 to 4,000 degrees Celsius.  The force of the blast and the heat rays unleashed immediate destructive power and then fires broke out which severely damaged one third of the buildings in the city with all buildings inside a 2 kilometer radius of the explosion burnt to ashes.

Above are a coupe of images that i took from the Nagasaki Peace Park Museum that shows the full destructive powers of the Nagasaki Fat Man Atomic Bomb and its course of destruction.

Please check out the Nagasaki Fat Man Atomic Bomb at the Nagasaki Peace Park Museum here on a map:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nagasaki Peace Park

The view of this peaceful park


Nagasaki Peace Park was born from the infamous day forever etched into history and the minds of those associated with this disaster.  The death toll was 74,000 people, with another 75,000 suffering injuries.  Within a 1 kilometer radius of the hypocenter almost 90% of the people died.  Burns caused by the heat rays of the atomic bomb were severe, with the surface skin being completely burned and falling off thus leaving tissue and bone exposed.  People were thrown by the force of the blast and countless pieces of glass and other debris pierced their skin.  The radiation penetrated deep into people's bodies causing them to suffer injuries and diseases such as cancer and leukemia to this very day.

Remnants of the Urakami Cathedral


The original target for the bomb was the city of Kokura but obscuring clouds necessitated changing course to the alternative target, Nagasaki.  However because of poor visibility due to cloud cover the bomb missed its intended detonation point which was the Mitsubishi Shipyards and exploded over the suburban area of Urakami,  in effect killing mostly women and children and not the factory manufacturing area of War Machinery.  In many ways it is this misfortune that will label Nagasaki forever in history!

Nagasaki Peace Park today is a very peaceful place to stroll about and reflect on this frightening event in mankind's history.  Let's hope that the mistakes of the past are never repeated again and the world can live peacefully without Nuclear threats of destruction.  A walk around this solemn but special place always provides me with the strength and resolve that the mistakes of the past happen again and we should always do everything humanly possible to make this happen as a human race.

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Symbol of Peace

Haunting statue of Mother and Baby as time stands still!

Please have a look at the video below to see more of the Nagasaki Peace Park:





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Obama Footbath Nagasaki

The Obama Footbath is one of the highlight locations on the Tour Nagasaki`s Full Day Shimabara Peninsular and Nagasaki City Highlights Itinerary.

Just imagine, the location right on the waters edge.  The picturesque seaside views combined with the healthy steamed vegetables, various snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages as well as the chance to soak these weary feet in the 40 degree celcius footbaths equals a magical and mind boggling experience that stimulates all the senses.

The other day I had 4 cobs of corn that i could have steamed or boiled at home but i decide to have a stroll down to the Footbaths and steam them the natural and healthy way that mother nature intended us to.  What can I say?  The finished product is not only fresh and juicy but the salty Hot Spring steam infuses itself into the corn and seasons the vegetables naturally.

Corn, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes, actually any vegetables and seafood of any kind are magnificent to try and taste.  Let`s give it a go together when you come to Nagasaki next!

Check out the videos below of the Obama Footbaths in Nagasaki:


Check out the photos below of the Nagasaki Footbaths in Obama:

My daughter loves Obama


What a sunset



Too hot?

Family shot


Cheers


Foot Bath scene


Time for pictures

Trump vs Obama

Snacks and drinks are complimentary



40 degrees celcuis

Beautiful backdrop

Steaming of the foods

Plenty of variety




















Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Karako Lotus Garden Nagasaki

Karako Lotus Garden Nagasaki is a very popular place indeed.  Every year just after the rainy season has finished (approx the beginning of July) the Karako swamplands come alive and the anticipated Lotus flower starts blooming everywhere.  One can't miss the sound of cameras going off left right and centre from the hoards of people that have come for a gander and wander.  Why is this so??

With the emergence of the sun, life is born and with this emergence, the lotus flower acquires a special meaning and timeless significance.  As the bearer of creation, the lotus flower holds a special place in mythology, in nature and in our lives.  It symbolizes not only creation, but the timeless and continual process of birth and rebirth.  So yours truly of course has to get in on the action and check it out.

I was extremely impressed as there were raised wooden platforms to walk around so as not to disturb the fragile eco-systems in place.  The types of flowers at the lotus garden were too numerous to count and in all a very enjoyable experience that any nature lover would enjoy!  A highly recommended site for all to participate in flower watching and of course to take on thousand and one photos in the process!  On my arrival I had to fight the hoards of spectators but it was ok because the visitors were mainly from some of the nearby Nursing Homes.  It was a joy to share the experience with them and I hope that they felt the same way with me.

Check out the Karako Lotus Garden Nagasaki on a map!

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Pretty lotus flowers starting to bloom
Close up of a Lotus


Please check out the videos below of the Karako Lotus Garden Nagasaki: