Quick Trip to Nagasaki
Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl

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Nagasaki Bay
from Thomas Glover's house
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We spent a rainy weekend in Nagasaki (長崎). Nagasaki, Japan is most famous internationally for its place in mid-20th-century history, but for hundreds of years it was most famous as the only foreign gateway into Japan, and as such it has a unique and colorful old-world international vibe along the twisty streets sewn over its steep hillsides. It has particularly strong Dutch, Portuguese, and Chinese influences.

Streetcar Tracks along with the hills and the international vibe, calls San Francisco to mind -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Streetcar Tracks
along with the hills and the international vibe, calls San Francisco to mind

Mostly went for the food, which was often a blend of Japanese and some other culture's cuisine.

Cheesy “Netherlands Pot” かまど番屋の「オランダ鍋」 -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Cheesy “Netherlands Pot”
かまど番屋の「オランダ鍋」

Unlike Kyoto's purposefully-laid-out gridwork of streets (which is quite rare in Japan), Nagasaki's streets have developed organically by many combined cultures over hundreds of years, branching into and around the many nooks and crannies of the very hilly area.

View from the Hotel -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View from the Hotel

Most areas of Japan try to have a confection that they're known for, so that visitors buy it to bring back as a representative gift for family and co-workers. Nagasaki's is castella (カステラ), a simple spongecake.

I had plenty of yummy castella on the trip, but I somehow neglected to venture into this “Castella Shrine”...

“Castella Shrine” unholy offspring of shameless marketing and cultural touchstones -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
“Castella Shrine”
unholy offspring of shameless marketing and cultural touchstones

I did get to meet someone famous in Japanese history...

Me and Ryooma -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Me and Ryooma

The Glover Garden (the former home of Scottish merchant Thomas Glover) is a pleasant hillside garden offering many pretty views of the area.

Enjoying the View -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Enjoying the View
Swarm the fish have trained humans to provide food -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Swarm
the fish have trained humans to provide food
Elevator Door -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Elevator Door

This elevator just outside the back gate of the garden was particularly interesting, as this close-up crop from the above image shows:

Between “Up” and “Over” -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Between “Up” and “Over”
Elevator Shaft -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Elevator Shaft
View From an Opposing Hill -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View From an Opposing Hill
Same View as Above from 149 years ago -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Same View as Above
from 149 years ago
Sculpture Detail outside a restaurant with heavy Chinese influences -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sculpture Detail
outside a restaurant with heavy Chinese influences
My Omelet -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
My Omelet

Fumie found an amazing flight+hotel deal for our trip. Adding an extra night at the hotel cost just $30 per-person, but that includes an amazing breakfast buffet that by itself goes for a well-worth-it $23. The trip was an excellent value.

ANA Crowne Plaza Gloverhill our hotel, next to the aforementioned Glover Garden -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
ANA Crowne Plaza Gloverhill
our hotel, next to the aforementioned Glover Garden
Merge -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Merge
Chinese Influence -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Chinese Influence
Typical Path narrow, winding, steep -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66mm — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Path
narrow, winding, steep

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Thanks for your spectacular shot and introduction of Nagasaki, a city exuding exotic vibe.

— comment by pirlo on June 6th, 2013 at 10:31pm JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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