長崎観光その３ Nagasaki Sightseeing Part 3
I am still in the middle of writing my journal about our sightseeing in Nagasaki. I can’t let 2010 go without finishing it.
It was our last day in Nagasaki. Under the gray skies, we hopped on a street car for Spectacles Bridge. However, we missed our station to get off and ended up at Suwa Jinja, one of the major shrines in Nagasaki. Even a mistake took us to something to see in this town. Anyhow, looking at the long, long way up to the shrine by steps almost made me faint. Babi, using her cane, worked her way up to the top. Throughout the town, every direction I turned, there were slopes and steps, which reminded me of my life with princess. I wondered how people in wheelchairs were living there. Dragon, fascinated with paper fortune, bought them one after another. Actually it was small mascots that came with fortunes he wanted to get.(^ ^;)
Then we strolled along Nakashima River where Spectacles Bridge is. I didn't know there were almost 20 bridges along the river. All the stone bridges we saw were very unique, favorably comparing with Spectacles Bridge. Spectacles Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in Japan, reminded me of the 1982 flood that partially destroyed the bridge. I was in high school and was staying with a host family at the time. Trying to get to any higher place, we evacuated and walked against the muddy stream that had risen up to my chest. I still clearly remember how strong the current was. So strong that I could have been easily swept away if my leg had slipped a little. Nearly 300 people lost their lives then. This is another harsh history of Nagasaki. However, Spectacle Bridge as we saw now stood calmly and massively, giving no hint of such a past.
Our next destination was Glover Garden, where residences of foreign traders in the late 19th century and other historical buildings were kept on a hillside. Although we had some sprinkles here and there, the view of Nagasaki Harbor was spectacular. I always wished to live in a place like this. At Glover Garden, we had a very mysterious encounter. There were several volunteer docents and one of them came up to us and offered to give us a guided tour. While talking with the man, we found out that he knew an old friend of my father's. Hard to believe such a coincidence exits.
Now we were so hungry. After filling our empty tummies with Champon noodles, Nagasaki's famous cuisine, I gave a glance at the top of Inasayama Mountain, very famous for its "Ten Million-dollar Night View." I could not believe my eyes now that we could see the mountaintop. Since we arrived in Nagasaki, the top of the mountain had always been covered with fog. I almost gave up going up there this time. "If we go now, we still can make it to the plane!!" Next moment we jumped in a taxi and headed for the ropeway station. Stunning views of Nagasaki Town in the east and the ocean in the west awaited us there. Although it wasn't clear enough to give us an overlook at Goto Islands, the last minute blue sky was pretty much satisfying and refreshing.
Early evening, we took off from Nagasaki Airport where I frequently flew in and out when I was in college. This visit to Goto Islands and Nagasaki turned out to be a very memorable one; visiting places with lots of memories with my mother and son. I feel so good now that I've finally finished writing about it. Oops, new year has already come. I don't know how often I will be able to update this blog but I hope for your occasional visits every once in a while!! (^o^)/
by danceofdragon | 2011-01-04 15:39