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August 8th 2018
Published: August 8th 2018
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Dear All Greetings from Fukuoka, the largest city on the island of Kyushu, and at just over 1.5 million people, the sixth largest in Japan. It is definitely an urban centre, it’s been good to have arrived here, and although there really isn’t that much to see and do in the city itself, it’s been a great place in which to spend my final three nights in Japan. Indeed, this is my last stop on ... Read Full Entry



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Urban underpass
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Mikasagawa River, Fukuoka

This river was alive with bats towards dusk, and also fish which leapt out of the water
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Fukuoka Manhole Cover

Though I don't think this actually says Fukuoka, or Hakata...
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Whilst things in Japan seem to be so safe and orderly, the one thing which I have noticed as not being quite so safe is that cyclists are allowed to cycle anywhere. They often do it with impunity on the pavement. It is good to see a sign reminding them (I think...!) to be careful
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Similar sign
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These bank workers were sweeping the pavement outside their bank before it opened!
Peace Park, NagasakiPeace Park, Nagasaki
Peace Park, Nagasaki

Japan is the only place so far that I've seen with escalators like this - they go up, then across, then up again!
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Nagasaki Peace Statue
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Fountain of Peace, shaped like two wings
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Photo taken from the "Bock's Car" aeroplane just after it dropped the bomb on Nagasaki
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Post-bomb destruction
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Origami Paper Cranes
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Peace Park, Nagasaki

Preparing for the annual commemoration event on 9th August
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Atomic Bomb Hypocentre Park, Nagasaki

This smooth black stone column marks the point 500 metres above which the bomb detonated
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Atomic Bomb Hypocentre Park, Nagasaki

A relocated column from the near-destroyed Urakami Cathedral
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

View from the roof, over the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre - then and now
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

A replica of the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Actual video footage of the "Fat Man" bomb being loaded onto the "Bock's Car" plane



9th August 2018

Shame we miss each other
Would have been a pleasure to meet up with you in Japan, I have a feeling we would have had a great time together. Enjoy Korea too my friend, it's been a pleasure to read about your time in Japan!
9th August 2018

Indeed a shame...
Indeed it is a shame that we have missed each other in Japan. I also believe we would have had a good time together. Still, I look forward very much to reading about your upcoming travels there. Just arrived in South Korea - so far it seems so different, but looking forward to exploring further.
18th August 2018

Sadness over comes you
So glad you've found comfort and pleasure in Japan. A nice wrap up. I feel like you might go back some day. I'm glad you've enjoyed flitting around Japan on sonic trains. You've visited a dose of history and it seems to have left an impact. Travel is an amazing education. We always think we know about something but there is always more to learn.
18th August 2018

Japan
Thank you Merry! I really did enjoy Japan, there was something magical and spiritual about the country for me. It will leave a lasting impression I'm sure.

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