Monday, May 30, 2011

Japanese Iris Flowers Nagasaki

Japanese Iris Flowers Nagasaki are definitely one of the most beautiful flowers to see whilst in Japan.  I have always wanted to see Omura Park during the full bloom of the 300,000 Japanese (Shobu) iris flowers that have been planted there.  A flower festival is held every year from the end of May through to the middle of June to commemorate this beautiful viewing season.  Although i arrived a little ahead of full bloom it is evident to see what a wonderful and awe inspiring place this is!

Originally the flower garden was established in1589.  The Higo irises were transplanted from Kumamoto in 1961 and the Edo irises were transplanted from the Meiji Shrine in 1963.

Currently, there are approximately 171 variety of irises and the iris garden is approx 9500 sq metres in size.  Well worth a visit even if the irises aren't in full bloom!  The Park in Omura is immense in every way, lots to see and do and absolutely a nature lovers delight.  Without a doubt this one of the biggest and more beautiful parks in Nagasaki to visit.  Its strolling paths are well defined and easy to transverse and absolutely well worth its weight in gold.  In fact apart from winter it has everything you would like to see, including the famed cherry blossoms in April as well as the maple leaves in autumn, a flowering bonanza!

Have a look at Omura Park and the Japanese Iris Flowers Nagasaki on a map!

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Purple Irises

Well designed

The pond

Beautiful Gardens

Irises with Castle in the background

Friday, May 20, 2011

Obama Foot Bath Nagasaki

This is the coastal resort town of Obama
The Obama Foot Bath Nagasaki is one of the highest rated sites on Tour Nagasaki`s full day Nagasaki and Shimabara Peninsular tour.  If its relaxation that you want then this is the place for you! Can you imagine just letting yourself go and releasing all that built up stress, then you have come to the right place indeed!!

The Obama Footpath is a place where you can come, chill out, enjoy some delicious steamed food, maybe even a alcoholic beverage or two and generally feel all that pressure of daily life just float away into the atmosphere.

I can`t even remember when a customer, let alone a local has complained about the environment at the Obama Footpath, the only complaint that I have had is that there were too many people in attendance and not enough seats available.  The solution to this scenario is too arrive earlier than the hordes.


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A great place to relax

Meeting my wife

Romantic place

A great place for a picnic
Lots of food and drinks to enjoy
Relaxation at 40 degrees celcius

My daughter loves hanging with her President namesake

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nagasaki Peace Park Statue

Nagasaki Peace Park Statue is a 9.7m tall bronze peace statue symbolizing a universal prayer for world peace and for the consolation of war victims was created by Nagasaki-born Seibo Kitamura who was born on the Shimabara Peninsular in Nagasaki and still operates a Museum and a place for many of his work of arts for the viewing pleasure of his many fans and followers.

The statue's right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace. The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims' souls. The folded right leg and extended left leg signify both meditation and the initiative to stand up and rescue the people of the world.

Every year on August 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a peace memorial ceremony is conducted in front of this statue and a peace declaration is made to the people of the world.  The statue is impressive from all angles and distances and picture and photos really don't do the statue justice.  It is when you see the Statue up close that you get a real sense of its aura and dramatic message for all!  It's amazing just to stand and look at the fine and delicate details of the sculpture and realize that time has flown by without even realizing it.  A must visit for every visitor!!  Our Private Tours spend a good amount of time here and give all our clients a wonderful but surreal experience in the process.

Come and check out the Nagasaki Peace Park Statue on a map:

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Photo opportunity

Impressive even in the rain

Please click on the video link below to see the Nagasaki Peace Park Statue in all its glory:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki

Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki was one of the first modern ports in Japan that accepted foreign traders. After the arrival of the first Portuguese ship to Japan in 1543 and the introduction of Christianity six years later, the Daimyo (feudal lords) in various parts of the country began to welcome the Portuguese ships into their ports in order to promote trade and in some cases Christianity.

During the Age of Exploration, Portuguese trade ships left their mother port of Goa (India) and sailed to Nagasaki via Malacca, Macau and other Far East ports, finally returning to Goa after about three years.  Goods imported to Japan by the Portuguese ships included raw silk, silk fabric, cotton and woolen cloth, ivory, coral and sugar.  At the entrance of the Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki is a statue depicting what the Portuguese looked like according to the Japanese in the day.  It is quite a sight to see the features being exaggerated beyond belief!

In 1865, the Portuguese moved to Kuchinotsu Port on the Shimabara Peninsula.  With its sheltered entrance and deep water and friendly locals it was well received as a great landing place.  In 1571 however, Kuchinotsu lost its status as Nagasaki's No 1 Port as Nagasaki Harbor opened.  Portuguese ships arrived here along with a chartered Chinese ships, thus marking the opening of Nagasaki Harbor for foreign trade making it the port of choice which it still retains today.  Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki whilst still being a beautifully maintained deep water port pretty much has slipped into oblivion and is just a very sleepy coastal town and though it has remained a scenic beauty it really doesn't have anything to entice travellers to come and see its wares.

Check out Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki on a map!

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This is Valignano

Celebrating 450 years since the first ships came

The European ships

Depicting the times

Click on the video below to see how the Portuguese were depicted by the Japanese at Kuchinotsu Port Nagasaki:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival

The Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival is held every year at the end of April.  Nagasaki Harbor hosts the Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival for 5 days, usually from April 25th till the 29th.  The Harbor is full of various types of ships, many different sailors from around the world can be seen and there is a multitude of activities and events to partake in which culminates in an extraordinary fireworks extravaganza at the end of the proceedings.

Tall ships from both home and abroad gather in the port city of Nagasaki for Japan’s greatest tall ships event.  During the Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival, watch the raising of pure white sails during the sailing drill performances, board the ships and look around or take a cruise around the magnificent Nagasaki Port. The Fireworks displays need to be seen to be believed and the beautifully illuminated tall ships add grace to Nagasaki Port’s night scape, which is spectacular to say the least!

The sailors from around the world are very friendly, interact well with the locals and tourists and add a lot of character to the Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival which already doesn't lack anything that makes it an extraordinary event.  If you have a chance please come and check out this special festival for yourself.  It is well worth spending a day here in Nagasaki just wandering around the port area which are surrounded with parks and greenery which also add to the overall presence and feel of this unique and wonderful festival.

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In full bloom

Nagasaki Harbor

Yours truly

Lots of spectators

My kids talking to the sailors