Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nagasaki Art Museum: Nagasaki City

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 place.

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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Even the entrance is cutting edge

Has something for everyone

Great views from every angle

Interesting from the outside too

A great place to walk around

Interesting Statues

Ultra Moden

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hasami Town: Nagasaki Prefecture

Hasami Town and their well known cafes 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 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 to 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?

A Private Nagasaki Tour is necessary in order to get to Hasami.  Public transportation in rural Japan is too inconsistent and a group tour will leave you disappointed in not being able to see all the small and very intricate shops that are dotted all over the Town.

Here is Hasami, Nagasaki on a map:

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Simple but tasteful!

Simple designs

Plenty of things to buy

Many different types of porcelain

Very inviting and warm

Has good English Information as well.

Always lots of customers

Check out this video below of Hasami Town and their fabulous Cafes: