Sunday, May 20, 2012

Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki

Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki is a theme park that recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch literally translates into English as "House in the Forest" and  is named after one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family.

The park features many Dutch-style buildings such and features many parks which are planted with seasonal flowers. Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki opened on March 25, 1992, is located in the southern part of Sasebo. Its location reflects historical relations between the Netherlands and Japan, which began in 1609 when a trading post was opened by the Dutch.  The Dutch were a major trading partner of the Japanese for centuries and especially when the country was completely closed off from the rest of the world for over 200 years, it was only the Dutch that were allowed to trade as their rather non political religious beliefs were seen as able to deal with compared to the Spanish and Portuguese hard line Catholics.

The park is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. (9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. from December to February).  A day "passport" ticket, covering entry and a number of attractions within the park costs 5,600 yen for adults and 4,400 yen for children.

Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki recorded a peak of 4.25M visitors in 1996 and is well worth a visit.

As quoted in the Huis Ten Bosch website,
"It has various activities and attractions from adults and children alike and you can lose yourself and enjoy the natural surroundings and immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty."  

Today, the numbers aren't as high as they once were so realistically you never feel overcrowded and there is a lot of space available to wander around and see the impressive sights!

Check out Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki on a map!

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View from above
Superb Gardens
Reflections in the canals
Authentic Windmills
Night time view

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki

Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki is just one of the many areas all around the Shimabara Peninsular that still today allow us to step back in time and see that this area once was a hive of Christian activity.

Once upon a time, 400 to 500 years ago when Christianity was free to spread and the chance to learn was available (many Christian learning institutions were built)  the influx or Portuguese traders and diplomats into Japan during this period of expressive freedom and religious independence created a wider Christian community within the Shimabara Peninsular and Nagasaki in general.

Of course today, although Christian are far and few between the remnants of yesteryear still remain with Tombstones dotting the landscape.  Here in Fukae, Nagasaki there are just such tombstones that can be freely viewed and inspected to remind us of the Christian past.

It must be noted that these Christian Tombs are not ordinary in the lest!  The massive and mighty Fugen Mountain with its newly formed Lava Top are quite obvious and feel like they are so close to touch even though in reality they are kilometers away.

Check out the Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki here on a map!

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Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki Christian Cross
Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki
Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki
Tombs in a row

Here is a video of the Christian Tombs Fukae Nagasaki:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Great Wall of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Great Wall although nowhere as big as its Chinese counterpart does actually exist and gives Nagasaki some bragging points with its surrounding neighbors.  It lies on a quiet ranch in Azuma located on the Shimabara Peninsular in Nagasaki and is one of the largest open pasture lands in the area and as a result produces some of the most delicious beef that you will ever taste.

The Great Wall of China on the other hand holds the distinction of being the world's largest wall and has the Guinness Book of Records on its side with International accreditation.  The Great Wall of China built the Wall for protection in   which successive dynasties made for border defense.  On the other hand, the reason why The Great Wall of Nagasaki was built is a mystery and people have been speculating for years on why this is so.

What will the Great Wall of Nagasaki protect you from?  Massive amount of enemy troops, wanting to attack you from all angles and all areas?  Just like what the Chinese Dynasties did for years and years to stop the Mongols and the other enemies that they had throughout that period of time that the Wall took to be built.  Not likely!!  The only thing I can think of is because of the cows.  You see the wall was built on fertile pasture land where Cattle roam freely and feed from the delicious grasses.  They look harmless and probably are but one can never know!  Better to build the wall and be safe then risk attack from the bovines I say!  However you may want to come and check out the Nagasaki Great Wall

Please check out The Nagasaki Great Wall on a map.

 Great Wall of Nagasaki Not as big as China but still impressive never the less!

Check out this video of the Great Wall of Nagasaki: