Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nagasaki Art Museum

Nagasaki Art Museum was opened in April 2005 and is located next to the Nagasaki Seaside Park which is just a 400 metre walk from the International Port Terminal.  The museum's glass walls allow brilliant sunshine to fill the interior, creating a bright, spacious atmosphere.  The museum's wonderful design and excellent location perfectly represent the concept of the museum.

The museum strives to be popular enough to be casually used by almost all age groups, from children to elderly people, and seeks to present possibilities for the future.  Serving as a bridge between human beings and the arts, the museum will promote a wide range of efforts to encourage interaction among nations, regions and age groups, as well as between artists and museum visitors.

Upon my first (but definitely not my last) visit to the Nagasaki Art Museum the thing that most impressed me was the amount of natural light that fills the building even on cloudy overcast days.   It provides the Museum with a pleasant if not radiant feeling of openness that makes one feel comfortable immediately.  The 400 yen entrance fee is very reasonable and one can easily spend 2 to 3 hours here to satisfy their artistic impressions or even a full day to waste some time that they have to spare.  Come and check it out, you will absolutely enthralled by the art work and their coffee shop is pretty impressive too!

Check out the Nagasaki Art Museum on a map!

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Nagasaki Art Museum Has some interesting sculptures on the roof

Nagasaki Art Museum Great views from every angle

Nagasaki Art Museum Has something for everyone

Nagasaki Art Museum Interesting from the outside too

Nagasaki Art Museum Even the entrance is cutting edge

Nagasaki Art Museum A great place to walk around

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki are without a doubt the reason why so many people head to Hasami.  The variety of products are amazing with everything and anything that your heart desires available, of course ceramics and porcelain are at the top of the list but table wares, cutlery, accessories, clothing and any type of knick knack possible is at your disposal.

However it is the atmosphere and retro look and feel of the shops and the area as a whole that really creates a strong community vibe that attracts people from all over Japan and the world to its area again and again.  The step back from our real life which is hectic, fast paced and stress related to images from the past and our youth where one can enjoy all there is to offer on show without having to feel guilty about it is where Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki really excels.

There is something comforting about experiencing this sort of shopping style, strolling between shops, enjoying a slow paced atmosphere, not being rushed by the shop attendants and generally enjoying the whole experience is what it should be like all the time.  Its also very interesting just to people watch at this sort of establishment as you expect just too see mostly retirees and elderly customers but realistically there is a huge cross section of the community present and inspecting all things Hasami.

Once your shopping experience has come to the end or just want to take a break between shops, there are numerous cafes whereby a coffee and or cake is calling your name.  The Japanese put all their effort and gusto into everything they do and you can bet that your choice of cake is a gastronomical masterpiece.  The only question is whether you can stop at just one piece of cake?

Here is Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki on a map:

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Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Always lots of customers

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Simple but tasteful!

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Very inviting and warm

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Many different types of porcelain

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Plenty of things to buy

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Has good English Information as well.

Hasami Town Cafes Nagasaki Plenty on show


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki is located half way up the Mountain between Obama and Unzen Towns.  At first glance it looks like a place with just a couple of statues but after a minute or 2 of walking around one comes to understand fully really how much there is to offer and see in this interesting and diverse place.

I am not a Power Spot fanatic or anything like that but when someone told me about this particular Power Spot just up the mountain from my place I literally jumped in my car and went for a gander.  There is a peacefulness and a sense of purpose regarding the Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki, even in the 25 to 30 minutes that I was there I was able to feel a sense of worth and sincerity about life that really makes you think of what is important in life and for me that is my family, consisting of the wife and 2 kids.

In particular the statues of the Mother surrounded by babies was the most intense feeling for me, it brought back memories of both my children births which of course put me in my happy place for many hours, days and weeks since.  I know when i need a boost in the future the Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki is the place for me to return and put everything back into perspective again!

I urge you to visit the Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki, it will definitely provide the spiritual connection that you are looking for and of course give you the chance to see beauty in nature, artifacts and most importantly from within.

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Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki Lots of individual prayer boxes

Unzen Power  Spot Nagasaki Powerful image of Mother and Baby

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki Enlightenment is just around the corner?

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki .......and ponder

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki A place to pray

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki Interesting faces

Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki Spiritual Healing

Please check out the video of Unzen Power Spot Nagasaki here: