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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

November 18, 2016 by David Herd

Fabulous Nagasaki restaurant

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer, I found Char-Grilled Yakitori Torimasa Ebisu through TripAdvisor who rated it 9th out of 1981 restaurants in Nagasaki. It was so good I’m sorry I didn’t have the time to visit the top 8.

My first dish

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Absolutely superb, I saw the girls who were sitting next to me order this dish, it looked so good I had it also.

 Here are my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Everyone in the restaurant was so friendly, both customers and staff.

I was here for the Yakitori

 photo IMG_5888.jpg I was not disappointed it was excellent.

Naturally I washed it down with hot sake.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

The third bottle turned out to be my downfall, the following morning I had quite a hangover. 🙂

Yakitori

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer As they say in the classics “I love the smell of Yakitori in the morning”.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer The master at work. 

Interesting choices

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer This was as good as any of the Yakitori restaurants I have visited in Japan. Then again there are some wonderful places in Osaka & Tokyo plus every other city I have visited. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Farewell to the guys

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer As I said earlier the chefs & waitresses were super friendly.

Farewell to my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer The girls could not speak much English, maybe 6 words. Plus with my zeeo Japanese it was a little difficult communicating however we still had a few laughs.

 A row of restaurants

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer Overlooking the harbour there are many restaurants, check out my photo blog.

A good place for a cold beer.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer We just returned from Battleship Island and had worked up quite a thirst.

Night opposite the harbour

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer They always look more inviting at night.

 50 meters from my hotel

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

About 10 or more restaurants very close to my hotel.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

Craving a change of cuisine

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Gorm’s is very stylish

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer They really have a very good atmosphere to compliment their excellent food.

TullY’s Coffee

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer A very popular chain of shops, they seemed to be all over Kyushi, the coffee is pretty good..

These guys need no introduction

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer I must say I do have a week spot for icecream. 🙂

Farewell to Nagasaki, a great city.

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Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

November 17, 2016 by David Herd

Peace Park Statue

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb which was dropped on the city August 9th 1945 instantly killing 74,000 civilians. The 9.7 meter statue was created in the hope this horrific tragic event will never be repeated.

Terrible statistics

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb Man’s inhumanity to man, Makes countless thousands mourn! Robert Burns 1784.

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb The right hand is pointing to the sky signifying the threat of atomic weapons, the left arm points horizontally to represent the wish for peace.

 Fountain of Peace

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb The fountain is shaped like the wings of an angel, it was constructed to rememember the poor tragic victims who died searching for water.

Nagasaki Peace Bell

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb 

The Bells of Nagasaki were set up in 1977 and each year are rung at the moment of silence at 11:02 on the anniversary of the terrible event which instantly killed 74,000 people.

On 9 August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb ever deployed in conflict, hitting the Japanese industrial city of Nagasaki. From BBC News August 2015.

School children of Nagasaki

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb On October 24 2016 I saw these Japanese students paying respect at the Nagasaki Peace Park. I spoke to one of the teachers who told me they were here for a “peace lesson”. I told the teacher vissiting Nagasaka had an extra personal meaning for me, I explained that my late uncle was a prisoner in the mines during the war, and how he was liberated by the Americans, put on a train & passed through the still burning city of Nagasaki 3 days after the atomic bomb instantly killed 74,000 people.

Here is my uncle’s story written in 1980, http://fivestarvagabond.com/soldiers-incredible-story/

This was a very special moving experience for me, seeing & hearing these beautiful Japanese schoolchildren singing for peace at the Nagasaki Peace Park.

 More school children

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb Heiwa Kinen-zo statue at Nagasaki Peace Park, an extremely humbling emotional experience reading about the 74,000 people who were killed instantly in August 1945. The marvelous statue was built to pray for victims of atomic bomb.

 Orizuru or paper cranes

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

There is a lovely story behind these colourful paper cranes that are sent by people from all over the world, they have really become a symbol of peace. There is a video explaing the tradition here.

A moving & symbolic experience

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb This statue provided perhaps the most moving and symbolic experience in my life, maybe it was the connection with my late uncle, maybe it was the emotion generated by the children that were here being taught about peace, whatever the reason I shall never forget this day.

How powerful was Hiroshima & Nagaski?

Atom bombs Compared to weapons of today it could be considered small, however that is not the case, it killed 140,000 people. 

Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the U.S. bomber “Enola Gay,” later wrote, “My God what have we done?”
That horror, encapsulated by those few words, continues to resonate worldwide.

My hotel was in a perfect location only a 10 minute tram ride to the Peace Park. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

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Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine

November 16, 2016 by David Herd

Ferry to Battleship Island aka Gunkanjima

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine, has been abandoned since 1974. The real name is Hashima Island commonly known as Gunkanjima which translates to ‘Battleship Island’. The ferry trip takes just 45 minutes to reach the fascinating deserted island. 

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine

Here is our first glimpse of the “ghost island”, and yes it does look like a battleship. 🙂

Lookout or bird’s nest?

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine Not too sure what this little house was used for but it is a good spot for a lookout.

We are almost at the dock

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine Only a hundred meters to go before we leave the ferry for an hour to walk around the island.

OK, here we are at Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine We are all given a number in a plastic holder to wear around our neck, I guess they don’t want to leave anybody behind.

Crumbling walls & buildings

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine According to our guide the destruction of walls & building is totally due to the regular typhoons that have pounded the island over the last 40 years.

The power of a typhoon

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine It seems incredible that typhoons & storms can reduce concrete buildings to rubble.

Japanese guide

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine  Our guide was excellent and told us a lot about the history of Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine. For instance, from 1887 the island was a very busy coal mining facility that employed thousands of workers. In 1959 there were over 5,200 people living on the 6.3 hectare of space which was Battleship Island, this in fact made it the most densely populated place per square meter on the planet.  

The boys from Sydney

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine Doug & Waz are two lads from western Sydney I met on the ferry, we hooked up together & explored the island, then back in Nagasaki enjoyed many ice cold beers followed by an excellent Italian dinner.

 Aerial view of  Hashima Island

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine

This shot puts the island into perspective, credit to  Kntrty, Flickr Source: Supplied.

 Video of Battleship Island

My apologies for the wind noise.

 Happy tourists

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine  The island has been featured in several films and recently  being the inspiration for the villain’s lair in the James Bond movie Skyfall.

More boats approach the island

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine There seems to be a huge amount of tourists visiting the island, TripAdvisor rate it 3rd out of 242 things to do in Nagasaki.

The power of nature

Battleship Island Nagasaki coal mine It seems hard to believe typhoons can cause such devastation.

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So as you can imagine after the mine mine closed in 1974 sadly Hashima Island gradually was reduced to ruins.

Make sure you take this interesting tour.

David Herd Thailand The cost was 4,300 Yen & well worth the expense, here are the ferry details.

My hotel in Nagasaki was only a three minute walk to the station & a short tram ride to the ferry terminal. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

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Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

November 15, 2016 by David Herd

Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummersNagasaki city harbour street drummers, arriving at the station by Shinkansen from Kagoshima, I was eagerly anticipating the history and subsequent recovery of this fascinating city on the west coast of Kyushu Island.

Trams

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers A great way to get around the city in Nagasaki, my hotel was only 200 meters from the station where all the trams stopped as well. 

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

Kankō Maru

Nagasaki nature culture history Kankō Maru was Japan’s first steam-powered warship, originally a Dutch warship named Soembing it was presented to Japan in 1854 and renamed Kankō Maru. 

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Kankō Maru 

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers She was based at Tsukiji until she was sent to the scrapyard in 1876. This exact replica was built in the Netherlands in 1987, it has a crew of 14 and can carry up to 300 passengers.

 Waterfront restaurants

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers A number of restaurants overlook the harbour, I enjoyed many ice cold beers with two Sydney guys I met on a tour to Battleship Island.

Nagasaki nature culture history

img_5967Here I am with Doug & Waz, not much culture but lots of tradition, we solved many of the world’s problems before finally having dinner at Gorm’s, a very nice Italian restaurant.

Hills overlooking Nagasaki

Nagasaki nature culture history One one side of the city is the bay & the other side hills overlooking the city.

 Let there be drums

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers On two occasions I was so lucky to see street performances by some amazing artists. 

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

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Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Nagasaki ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers I bought a ticket to Battleship Island.

Ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers The terminal itself looks like a ship with a huge funnel. 🙂

In front of the station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers The tram stop was in front of Nagasaki station and my hotel was just around the corner.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

 That’s all for now.

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