Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cruising into the Port of Nagasaki

 It was an amazing feeling that I got to experience first hand, the fact that my family and I were on a Cruise into my Hometown Port of Nagasaki.  I mean, I have lived in Nagasaki for over 15 years now, completed numerous tours of my Prefecture but you see and feel one`s hometown as a visitor and not a local was out of this world.

We pulled into the entrance of Nagasaki Harbor in the early morning on a cool autumns day at the end of October. I wasn`t going to miss this chance, so I was up and about while most were still warm and cozy in their cabins.

Slowly but surely dark turned into light and I was able to capture our passage down to the International Terminal through one of the most beautiful harbor`s in the world.  I hope what I have captured on film inspires you in the future and your next voyage will be as exciting and eventful as mine was.

Happy cruising and better still happy adventures in Nagasaki.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Kyushu Ceramic Museum: Arita, Saga Prefecture

The Kyushu Ceramic Museum although technically not in Nagasaki, shows various styles of Pottery not just from Nagasaki but also from all the regions around Kyushu including the big 4 of Arita, Hasami, Mikawachi and Imari.

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If you want to experience and understand the history of pottery from the area, there is definitely enough English provided to give you plenty of background information and to allow you to delve into the finer details of all this regarding Kyushu Ceramics.
Lots of exhibits

Without a doubt any pottery enthusiast would need at least 2 hours here at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum in order to fully check out all the attractions and information provided within the showcases.  I really had to check my time in order to stay within my scheduled time, which was 1 hour.  I will probably have to return again someday to really get the most out of my visit as it felt like i left too many things on the table

Information about ceramics

Huge selection

The range of products and displays at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum are as diverse and wide ranging as you would expect from a highly rated institution.  They get visitors from all over Japan and many more from abroad and this reflects in their efforts to provide as much English signposting and subtitling.

Once you have finished inside there is a lovely garden outside that deserves a stroll and a wander around.  Very peaceful and with many cherry trees, so if your visit coincides with Spring then you will be able to see the cherry blossoms as well.

Well worth a visit!

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Check out these 2 videos to see more about the Kyushu Ceramic Museum: