Christianity was brought to Japan by Xavier in 1549.

This is Ouratenshu-do (Oura church) in Nagasaki.

It was built by the French after national isolation ended in 1865.

It is one of the a oldest wooden gothic buildings and the only national treasure of western architecture in Japan.

Glover Garden

Glover Garden is one of the travel spots in Nagasaki. 

Thomas Grover was a successful trader from Scotland. 

The house he made in 1863 and several other reconstructed houses from that time are there.

Those are among oldest wooden Western houses.

The Gardens are also beautiful and you can see good view of Nagasaki from that place.



This is Meganebashi in Nagasaki.

Megane means glasses and bashi means bridge.

It is located the place a little distance from Hamanomachi, which is in the center of the city.

It was called Meganebashi because the bridge and its reflection together look like a pair of glasses, as in this picture.  


Dejima in Nagasaki was the only area for contact with outside countries like Portugal and Holland during 200 years of national isolation.

Now if you go there, you can see a 1/15th scale model of Dejima.

They have also recreated some areas for tourists. 

Because of Dejima, Nagasaki started many modern industries like beer, cigarettes, coffee, glasses, etc…

It must have been an exciting place.


Nagasaki peace park

I will write about Nagasaki in Kyusyu Japan.

This is Nagasaki peace park.

It is dedicated to never repeating tragic war again and wishing for peace on earth. 

And this peace prayer statue was made by Seibo Kitamura, who is a famous sculptor from Nagasaki, in 1945.

It is symbol of God’s love and Buddha’s compassion. 

The right hand shows the wonder of atomic bombs, while the left hand shows peace and the facial expression shows reflection on way happened. 

Many people gather here every August 9 to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing.