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Monday, April 08, 2013

Big trip to the south

Today we started the day by taking the train to Nagasaki from Osaka. That is about 800 kilometres. We had to take a few trains, one a bullet train. The journey was quite long taking about 5 hours in total. When we got out of the tram (which was very crowded) from the train station, we were quite tired, so we sat down in a small cafe called the brick cafe. After having some croissants and coffees we felt refreshed so we were able to wander through side streets toward the Oura Catholic Church. We went past the Oranda zaka or Dutch slopes, named after the foreigners who were there for a long time. We also saw China town, which is located in front of the old Chinese settlement, which was there for years and years, dissimilar to most parts of Japan, due to its Chinese influence.

After we had finished there we took another tram (oh no) to a Dutch settlement, Dejima, which used to be an island. After looking around there, we took a tram the Nagasaki atomic bomb museum.
We finally arrived at the Peace museum after climbing the many steps. The peace museum told the story of the bombing of Nagasaki, starting off with a replica of the facade of the Urakami cathedral. Lydia had not been here before (well perhaps when she was 1 yr old), but G and L both took their time looking at the photos and artefacts on display. When we got to the park, and saw the 'ground zero', it was a sombre moment.

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