The day before yesterday I visited my friends house in Nagasaki prefecture.
She told me how to make Koji (malted rice), which is used to make like Miso and Shoyu, etc.
She is making Amazake from it.
She has a rice field in back of her house.
Some people helped the rice-planting.
The pictures of the rice fields are the neighbors ones that already finished the rice-planting.
And I saw fireflys around the river near her house.
I got just one of them in my picture, because it is difficult.
But there were many fireflys, and they were very beautiful.
I ran into a Yosakoi dance festival in Saseho Nagasaki.
Yosakoi dance started in Kochi prefecture and spread all over Japan.
Many groups compete against each other.
Yosakoi dancers are energetic .
This is anglerfish (Ankou) hot pot.
I ate this at a hotel.
It was good.
Hot pot is called Nabe in Japan.
Doing Nabe at home in winter is popular.
On the grounds of the Matsuura museum there is a tea house.
We had a pouderd green tea and confections there.
The one on the left is Kasudo-su which is famous in Hirado-it came from Portugal.
I went to the Matsuura historical museum.
The Matsuura family governed the Hirado Domain as lords for nearly 700 years.
Many historical documents about Matsuura family and Hirado are in the museum.
The musum building used to be the real Matsuura familys house which was made in 1893.
The stairs and gate in the photo has two kinds of steps, the wider one was for horses.
In one corner of the museum, you can try to buckle on armour and a helmet.
This is Hirado Xavier Church.
Francisco Xavier came to Hirado in 1550 and promoted Christianity.
There are many churches in Nagasaki.
And also many temples too, both are like in this picture.
I heard that churches usually have the same right and left side, but this one doesn’t because of lack of money.
The other day I went Hirado which is located North West of Nagasaki in Kyusyu Japan.
It is a nice town which has Japanese castle and a port.
In the early Edo era before national isolation, it had trade with foreign countries like Holland, Portugal and China.
The statues in this post are Jack Specks, who was the first director of the Hirado Dutch Trading Post and Richard Cocks, who was an English trader and cultivated sweet potatoes for the first time in Japan.
It was a rainy day, so we couldn’t go around many places and take pictures.
But I liked Hirado and want to visit there again.