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Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Sasebo May 19th 2013

Sunday, 19th May 2013 Still, I was excited to picture myself among the replications of the Dutch windmills and the beautiful houses along the canals. Leg #1: Nagasaki Station >> Huis Ten Bosch Station At the beginning of the day, I boarded the JR Seaside Liner train to Huis Ten Bosch, about an hour ride from Nagasaki Station. Huis Ten Bosch is a family-orientated theme park inspired after the original residence of the Dutch Royal Family of the same name. I chanced upon Huis during my travel research and since my ride was fully paid for by the Japan Rail Pass, I had no qualms about visiting it as a side trip from Nagasaki city. The modern Huis Ten Bosch train station that greeted me upon arrival was an attraction on its own. It's small, it's ... read more
The cutesy train station
Arrival at Huis Ten Bosch
Live in Holland

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Sasebo May 10th 2009

It's a totally unfortunate event when people can't appreciate a town for being a town. Of course any time a sailor (either civilian or military) pulls into port a little "unwinding" needs to be done, I just can't fathom the need to drink myself to pain every day though. I didn't even find it fun in college! Oh well, I suppose that some people need escapism or some such term. Where's a psychiatrist when you need one? With that being said, I felt the need to really explore things. I course, I'd prefer to go with someone, but everyone has other things to do and who am I that I can't go by myself? So... backpack in tow, I walk off for adventure and water. I haven't been to the West yet... sounds like a ... read more
Pearl Sea
Marina in the middle of nowhere
Shops at the Pavilion

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Sasebo May 3rd 2009

I'm really liking this town, it surprises me how much I can get accomplished here. I'll just say it's my Southern charm, though that's doubtful too. :) I finally have the time to get to know the guys who work for me a little better, so I decide to roll the dice. Am I ready for this? Probably not, but I'm always up for a challenge. Care if I tag along for dinner? "Sure Ma'am, come on." Lots of eyebrows raised. Can L.T. hang? I don't know, the looks just seem to scream at me. These kids have no idea the things I could do in college. It's on!!! They settle on fried rice for dinner, so we go to a nice little restaurant that boasts great gyoza, noodle soups and fried rice. They're not ... read more
Me and SGT
Time for Joe Cool

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Sasebo May 2nd 2009

So I rarely know where to begin when I start out a blog, yet I usually have such grand intentions while I'm out to describe every little detail that I can. I will try to walk myself through the night... you just had to be there I suppose. Getting off the ship fairly early just about every day, I venture into town, walking distance from the base. It's probably about 3/4 of a mile or so to get to the Ginza, or shopping area and it's easy enough to branch out from there. The easiest shortcut takes us through a nice park with a soccer field, a small USO annex and across the Albuquerque Bridge. From there, the Arcade (or Ginza) is only a few blocks away. For my first night out, I tagged along ... read more
Strike a Pose
Whisky bar
An especially good song

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Sasebo April 29th 2009

Finally made it to Sasebo, Japan. This place is such a culture shock and difference from anything I've ever experienced. It's beauty, racism and efficient work all rolled into one. I guess I'll take the good with the bad though. I heard so many mixed reviews of Japan, but most seemed to agree that they didn't like Sasebo. So, I tried to go in with as much of an open mind as I could muster. We pulled in on a Monday morning, getting to the pilot pick up point at about 8am. For anyone who doesn't know, I'm supposed to go up to the bridge to make sure the guys put up the flags at the right time. Honestly, I'm not needed by any stretch of the imagination, but it's really neat to watch the dance ... read more
Me and Sal
BYRD bow
Japanese warship

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