2010 04 12 - Nagasaki day 2

Nagasaki Travel Blog

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Cranes are a symbol of peace

After waking up early in the "youth" hostel I was forbidden to take a shower because 8:30 had already past. So I just packed and went to the other side of Nagasaki where, just as in Hiroshima, there was a Peace museum, Peace Park and Peace Statue(s). But unlike Hiroshima there was no message of hope, love and peace. The whole message of the museam focussed much more on the destruction of the city, immediate and radiation-related deaths and the continuous atomic thread that the world is still facing. They even had a very impressive list of all nuclear testing AND errors/disasters that have occured since WW2. Fortunately there was also some hope in the form of the word "Obamajority". That word is now used to indicate that the majority of people agree with Obama's call to remove all nuclear weapons by 2020.

Full scale model of the Nagasaki atomic bomb causing immediate death and destruction in a 1 km radius and similar effects in a 5 km radius. Combined with the radiation and heatwaves it was the deathliest weapon ever deployed by humans
Maybe Nagasaki is darker because they weren't the initial target. That was Kokura but because of the bad weather the secondary target (Nagasaki) was used. The weather above Nagasaki was also bad and the bombing was almost cancelled but then a clearing showed Nagasaki and the bombing proceeded. I must say that the sun at Hiroshima and the rain at Nagasaki perfectly complemented the different atmospheres in these two towns leaving a deep impression on me.

Then it was time to leave the South-West of Japan and move North-East. I figured I would be lucky if I would make it to Moji/Shimonoseki again but wanted to see more of the region so I avoided the highway this time. That resulted in several smaller lifts that only took me about 50 km in total.  The first lift brought me to Isahaya and was with a frenchspeaking amateur photographer/old student that had been to France and Egypt.

You can clearly see why Russia and the United States are called the super powers but don't forget about France, China and England And almost certainly Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea
We actually talked more french than Japanese or English. Then came a short lift to Omura with a tennistrainer and finally a relatively short lift to Sasebo with an English speaking man and Korean looking woman.

I was planning on continuing to hitchhike but the invited me to stay with them for the evening. We had a lot of fun and a learned a lot about Japan while they learned a lot about Europe. The man spoke English quite well and told me he had been to Portugal a long time ago. That is where he had gotten his emailaddress risboa1998@x.yz. Nobody told him it was Lisboa (Lissabon) for the last 12 years! I was invited for breakfast, but spent the night outside in my tent on a childrens playground.

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Cranes are a symbol of peace
Cranes are a symbol of peace
Full scale model of the Nagasaki a…
Full scale model of the Nagasaki …
You can clearly see why Russia and…
You can clearly see why Russia an…
Many beautiful statues in the Naga…
Many beautiful statues in the Nag…
But among all those statues this o…
But among all those statues this …
Explanation of all the symbolic me…
Explanation of all the symbolic m…
The main peace statue
The main peace statue
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The first half of the friendliest…
The friendly duo combined
The friendly duo combined
vWe have left Nagasaki, but the Du…
vWe have left Nagasaki, but the D…
Looks fresh. A bit too fresh for m…
Looks fresh. A bit too fresh for …
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