Nagasaki is obviously an unfortunately famous place. It is also the subject of constant overshadowing. We all know of the city's history, the second and last place ever to be struck by an atomic bomb. But, this singular event has eclipsed the city's prior, very pivotal history.

Ceramic paper cranes at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. 

A memorial directly under where the hypocenter of the atomic blast was.

Peace Park

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

A relic of the blast are abound in Nagsaki. This is a one-legged tore gate, half blown off on August 9, 1945, leaving an erie site behind.

Nagasaki Harbor

Nagasaki was under Catholic control during the late 1580s, especially notable since Christianity became banned in Japan shortly after, in 1614, for over 250 years. Christianity continued to be practiced in secret until the ban was lifted, and as such, there are a number of churches and cathedrals about the city, which is generally uncharacteristic of cities in Japan.

Today, Nagasaki is a quiet port city. Cute little street cars run through it like much of other cities in southern Japan.


Between 1633 and 1853, Japan was a closed nation, no immigration and no trade in or out for 220 years, except in Nagasaki. The port town was the only place in all of Japan that was officially allowed to conduct international trade and even then, it was mostly limited to the Dutch, Chinese and Korean.

The city is famous for it's delicious Castella cakes. On the left is green tea flavor and the right is original. Coincidentally there is a Nagasaki Castella shop on my street in Seoul.

Vending machines are a part of Japanese life. Here are some alcohol, energy drink and various beverage vending machines. None of these vending machines actually carry sugary soda common in the west except for one or two Coke products. The machine on the far left likely had a few varieties of tea and coffee, juices, water and some sort of limited edition, bizarre drink like pancake drink or milk soda.

I love coming across unexpected Shinto shrines.

Megane Bashi, the Spectacles Bridge, named for the sight it's reflMegane Bashi, the Spectacles Brudge, named for the sight of its reflection.

Nagasaki is known around Japan for the great night view seen from its mountain, Inasayama. While the bombing that took place here is still a big part of life in Nagasaki, there is much more to it than that.