2010 04 11 - Nagasaki day 1

Nagasaki Travel Blog

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A small train near my sleeping place at Mekari park

I really felt good aftergetting all those rides the day before and hoped I could reach Nagasaki by night and find a hostel or another park there. Waking up in a  Japanese park is perfect when camping. There is always a toilet, including mirrors so you can shave and fix your hair. Looking clean and healthy is always good when asking someone to take you with him.

The first lift didn't take very long. A short walk to a medium road and I was picked up by a couple that just came back from exercising. They drove me to their house in Kokurakita and then told me to wait. A few minutes later they were both changed into clean clothes and told me they would go shopping in Fukuoka, about 1/3 of where I wanted to go today.

Kanmon bridge seperates Shimonoseki from Moji

Just before Fukuoka they dropped me of on the highway where I got another ride almost immediately to Saga by a buddhist-dressed man and his friend. And from Saga I got another ride by a powerplant engineer that drove me to Nagasaki in his minitruck. 3 rides, not even 4 hours and about 250 km past is just amazing. These are the blessings of the highway that work on an electronic gate system that automatically charges you while you drive through them. If you don't want to pay you can simply drive right next to the highway all the time, but 15 meters lower where the maximum speed is about 70, traffic lights and junctions are everywhere and... well, it is free. It really is the FREEway vs the HIGHway system.

During the hitchhiking I try to learn some Japanese which is really a necessity.

Fishes on a line mean "good luck" or "our child is born". Like the stork in Europe. So if fishes deliver babies to Japan, and storkes deliver babies to Europe, does that mean the European babies are actually Japanese but the stork ate the fish?
The Japanese learn English in highschool but the level is about that of a Dutch 10 year old. And even the powerplantengineer, who spoke english quite well, confused me when he said that the Dutch really helped save Nagasaki when they were having big problems with the liver. To fix this problem the Dutch didn't use a doctor, but the build constructions in the River.

Because it was going to rain badly and I wanted to have some internet again I found a really cheap youth hostel that was abondened except for a young divorced mother and her daughter that were going to meet her boyfriend/new-father and obviously couldn't stay at his house already. I left my bag and started sightseeing.

Nagasaki has a very rich history as the only trading port with the outside world. Portugal was there main trading partner, but because the Portugese were converting people to Christianity and Christianity got forbidden the Portugese were exchanged for the Dutch who were just as Christian, but didn't try to spread their religion.

1.6 km or 186 kcal. Good to know
You can find References to Holland everywhere and even other foreigners were referred to as Hollanders (reminds me of the history of the word Yankee, as a combination of the Dutch Jan and Kees). Just to confuse visitors there isn't only a Kofukuji temple, but also a Sofukuji temple. I also visit Spectacles bridge (reminds me of Zelda) where the bridge and its reflection look like glasses, Hollander slope which is just a steep road now but was created by blowing a whole through the rocks to easy trading, the Oura catholic church (catholic so located in the dutch part), but Glover Garden was closed. I did make friends there with a beetle-hunting cat.

I realised that I was addicted to FaceBook when I went to sleep in the hostel at 5 again. That is when I just turned of the chat and let everyone know I wouldn't be online very often anymore.

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A small train near my sleeping pla…
A small train near my sleeping pl…
Kanmon bridge seperates Shimonosek…
Kanmon bridge seperates Shimonose…
Fishes on a line mean good luck …
Fishes on a line mean "good luck"…
1.6 km or 186 kcal. Good to know
1.6 km or 186 kcal. Good to know
Kofukuji temple, with a K
Kofukuji temple, with a K
Koi are everywhere and you are all…
Koi are everywhere and you are al…
Spectacles indeed
Spectacles indeed
Sofukuji temple, with an S
Temple…
Sofukuji temple, with an S Templ…
Samurai upheld the law
Samurai upheld the law
Red light district in Nagasaki. Di…
Red light district in Nagasaki. D…
China town and quite often also Ko…
China town and quite often also K…
The almighty hollander slope and t…
The almighty hollander slope and …
The actual Hollander slope turned …
The actual Hollander slope turned…
Yes yes, Dutch here, Dutch there
Yes yes, Dutch here, Dutch there
The catholic church that survived …
The catholic church that survived…
My friend, the hunting cat
My friend, the hunting cat
Nagasaki
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