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Exploring Nagasaki (長 崎)

2017年6月27日
Exploring Nagasaki 

An exotic unique culture offering a diverse array of attractions. 

It became a center of Dutch, Portuguese and 
other European influences in the 16th century 
and flourished as a trading port & center of 
Christian missionary activities.

The detonation for an atomic bomb over Nagasaki 
during the Second World War is a dark page in 
the cities turbulent history. Now, however the 
city has become a center of peace, blessed 
with beautiful natural scenery and eclectic 
mix of historical sites and architecture.
In fact, many churches and Christian sites have 
been proposed for inclusion on the UNESCO 
World Heritage list.

Where to visit
Glover Garden
The garden is one of Nagasaki's popular tourist 
attractionsone and takes its name from Thomas Glover, 
his arms-importing operations played an important part in 
the Meiji Restoration, he built the first train line in Japan and 
he even helped establish the first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.

Nagasaki Peace Park
The Park was established in 1955 near the Ground Zero of 
the Atomic Bomb explosion. Every year, on August 9, the 
anniversary of the atomic bombing, a Peace Memorial  
Ceremony is held in front of the statue and the Mayor of 
Nagasaki delivers a peace declaration to the World.

Oura Cathedral 
The Cathedral, one of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki City, 
was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest 
Bernard Petitjean.
It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value 
as Japan's oldest Gothic-style cathedral.

Dejima
The area was a fan-shaped artificial island in the bay of 
Nagasaki that was a Dutch trading post as Japan’s only 
open gateway to Europe during Japan’s self-imposed 
isolation of Edo period from 1641 until 1853.

Chinatown
One of big three china town in Japan along with Yokohana 
and Kobe.
There are about 50 Chinese restaurants and many Chinese 
sundries shops in there.

Martyrdom of the 26 Saints
Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki reminds us of the Martyrdom of 
26 Japanese Saints.
In 1862, the 26 Japanese martyrs were canonized by Pope 
Pius IX.  I
n 1956, the place of their martyrdom was designated 
as a Historical Place by Nagasaki Prefecture.

Suwa Shrine
The shrine was founded in the wake of ban of Christianity in 
the early 17th century, and during the Edo Period it soon grew 
into a spiritual and cultural hub for the citizens of Nagasaki.
Kunchi festival is held from October 7 to 9 every year and is 
considered one of the three major festivals of Japan

Confucius Shrine
It is said to be the world's only Confucian shrine built outside 
China by Chinese hands. First built in 1893 by Chinese 
residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Ch’ing Dynasty government, the shrine was designed to serve as a place of 
worship and learning for the Chinese community, and housed 
a Confucian sanctuary and primary school. 

 
Ground Zero
Where, the plutonium
atomic bomb 
exploded.
Sofukuji Temple
Chinese temples 
based on the style &
design 
home provinces.

KofukujiTemple 
Founded by 
Non-Christian Chinese
merchants began.
Hollander Slope
A former regidential 
area for European
peaple.

Annual events & Festivals
Nagasaki Lantern Festival 
An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by 
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki's 
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are 
decorated at China town during the festival.

Nagasaki Kunchi 
It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9 
at
Suwa Shrine. The festival features Chinese dance 
including Ja-odori, this time dancing all around the city but
especially at Suwa Shrine. The whole of Nagasaki Kunchi 
dance was designated on Important Intangible Cultural Asset.

 
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