Friday, August 24, 2012

Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki

Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki is the culmination of the Arie River and the Kiyomizu River (which has hot spring water from Unzen-Jigoku thus is very acidic) together to make the Tonosumi waterfall.  Upstream, there is hardly any underwater life as a result of this acidity from the sulfur infused water but downstream there is a hive of activity and lots of different plant/fish species as well as algae and other living organisms.

Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki is the most plentiful and steepest waterfall in Nagasaki Prefecture and on May 4th every year (during Golden Week) there is a festival and is full of visitors who seek to cool themselves with somen nagashi (thin white flowing noodles within a bamboo half pipe) a sight to be seen and something to be tried by all.  The bamboo half pipe is supported off the ground by supports and is sloping downhill to allow gravity to make the flowing water carry the noodles to the hundreds of hungry people waiting along the bamboo half pipe.  With chopsticks and a small bowl at their disposal, it is a sight for sore eyes to see everyone frantically grasping at the noodles.  The noodles never seem to get down to the bottom of the bamboo half pipe as the people and especially children at the top grab everything and anything that they can.

For yours truly, I use the waterfall for bathing and relaxing in summer.  The cool, if not by some standards frigid mountain water is great for cooling off and reversing the heat and humidity that some complain all summer about.  But, once in the water complaints seen to fall by the wayside!

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Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki Absolute Heaven in summer
Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki
Excellent for relaxing and escaping the heat
Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki
The water is plentiful all year round
Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki
Clear and fresh


Check out this video of Tonosumi Waterfall Nagasaki:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki

Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki is a popular Hot Spring and hiking destination that lies to the east of Nagasaki City.  Formed by the volcanic eruptions of Mount Unzen at its center, Shimabara Peninsula Nagasaki was the site of several deadly volcanic eruptions, including recent eruptions in the early 1990's.  Today the volcano is dormant but its byproduct which we all love and need, piping hot spring water which we use for bathing and other activities such as steaming food and recently with the need for Japan to recycle and find a cleaner and less dangerous energy source, that being Nuclear Reactors, communities and industry are using the steam from the Hot Springs to produce electricity for everyone to use in order to make themselves self sufficient and reduce their carbon print on Mother Nature.

Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki is also known for the Shimabara Rebellion, a significant peasant uprising during the Edo Period in the 15th Century that eventually cost the life of 37 000 people of whom many were local Christians and resulted in foreigners being banned from Japan for over 200 years.  It was this incident that changed Christianity in Japan forever and it has never rebounded from its glory days of the 15th and 16th century whereby Christians were here there and everywhere.

I see the Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki as a wonderful scenic spot with magnificent views all over the entire circumference.  In my point of view a picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures below will show you why I am in awe of this place and all the great things associated with living and working on the Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki.

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Largely a farming communit
A peninsular within a peninsular

Have a look of the Shimabara Peninsular Nagasaki taken from a mountain top and showing the Panorama that stops everyone in their tracks:




Check out this video of the Shimabara Peninsular taken from another lookout point:


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nagasaki Fugen Volcano Lookout

Nagasaki Fugen Volcano Lookout is without a doubt the most unique view on the Shimabara Peninsular.  The 1990-1995 eruption of Fugen Volcano in Unzen Nagasaki is infamous for the 43 fatalities caused by the unexpectedly large pyroclastic flow on June 3rd 1991. The famous Volcano filmers and photographers Maurice and Katja Krafft and geologist Harry Glicken were among those lost during this tragic event, together with multiple journalists who had joined them in a zone into which entry was not prohibited but was recommended against by the authorities.


From a nature point of view the Volcano is an indescribable phenomenon that permeates and dominated the entire Shimabara Peninsular.  It is viewable from all angles and is best viewed from the lookout in Fukae Town, a view that is worth more than I can put a monetary value on.  On the other hand, Volcano's are serious matters and their ability to destroy and create mayhem is not to be taken lightly.  The 3 cities that circumnavigate the Volcano know this all too well and have held numerous meetings and International Conferences to learn how too live safely and securely as possible within this environment.  In 2008 when the International Conference for Living safely with Volcanoes was held in Shimabara, Nagasaki I was one of the English Teachers that provided English Lessons to the staff members and volunteers of this amazing event and I hope my efforts and those of everyone involved made a strong and positive impact on all the foreign visitors who came from all over to see our wonderful natural but inherently dangerous place we call home.

It is for this reason that we need to learn more about Volcano's and the impact we can have on saving lives when disaster strikes.

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Nagasaki Fugen Volcano Lookout Amazing Scenery
Nagasaki Fugen Volcano Lookout
Lookout point

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fuchi Shrine Nagasaki

Fuchi Shrine Nagasaki is located at the base of Mount Hoju and has the distinction of being the starting point for the Nagasaki Ropeway that goes up to Mount Inasayama.  The Shrine itself  is worth a visit as it is tucked away on a side of a hill and represents a strong connection to nature.  It is the first time that i have seen individual Shinto blessing boxes that can be chosen for worship and this was interesting to see.

The spring water for cleansing and purifying ones mouth and hands upon arrival at the venue was coming out of the Dragon's mouth which is another first for me and considering the amount of shrines that i have been too in Japan, this is a unique scene, that must be noted.

My visit to Fuchi Shrine Nagasaki came from a friends recommendation and I must say I was a little bit doubtful at first but this soon disappeared as I arrived at the car park.  The attention to detail was obvious and i guess seeing 3 or 4 workers cleaning and preening the grounds was obviously the reason why the place was immaculate.  It was the little differences that made this place standout in my mind and I hope that I can take this concept and make it a regular part of my business and personal life.  The small differences can really highlight a certain aspect and make it truly wonderful.

I will absolutely come back again and view during a different season.

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Individual Prayer boxes
The springwater for cleansing
The Ropeway starting location
There she goes, all the way to the top!

Check out the video of Fuchi Shrine Nagasaki below:




Here is a video of the Nagasaki Ropeway heading up to Mount Inasayama: