Nagasaki-shi(ville) – “la pointe longue”…

motto:’I stated that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are among the most unspeakable war crimes in history. I took no position on just where they stand on the scale of horrors relative to Auschwitz, the bombing of Chungking, Lidice, and so on. Anyone who saw both cities would suddenly realize that they’d been kept in the dark by the US-government as to what atomic bombs can do…'(Noam Chomsky)

Nagasaki-shi means ‘long tip city’ – a pleasant and an attractive port on Kyushu island, one of Japan’s closest harbors to the Asian mainland. It’s played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for centuries and it’s been one of very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. Unfortunately, Nagasaki has also been the 2nd city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an US-atomic bomb in August 1945… The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates this national tragedy – the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945, which devastated large areas of the city and killed about 10 000 inhabitants, RIP. The massive ‘Peace Statue’ can be seen from anywhere, among other memorials.

A monument around a black pillar marks the atomic explosion’s epicenter in the nearby Hypocenter Park and stores the name list of bomb victims. Above the park stands the sobering ‘Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum’. Inasayama is a 333 meter high hill close to Nagasaki’s downtown and it offers great views over the city. In fact, the night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan’s 3 best night views besides the views from Mount Hakodate and Mount Rokko. The impressive Ourakami Cathedral is considered the oldest Christian church in Japan, and is the only Western building designated as a national treasure; it was built by the persecuted Christians of Nagasaki… more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urakami_Cathedral

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N.B. about Hiroshima here:”Hiroshima, mon amour…” – drame collectif et personnel – https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/hiroshima-mon-amour-drame-collectif-et-personnel/
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I met several survivors both in Nagasaki and in Hiroshima, still impressed and emotional while recalling the 2 national tragedies and the loss of their loved ones… ❤

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Posted on 14 October 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Nu pot decât să întăresc ceea ce ai spus. Oamenii nu învață nimic din experiența generațiilor anterioare și repetă aceleași greșeli la nesfârșit…

  3. I couldn’t imagine ever getting over that! Hope all is well with you! ❤

  4. Yes a terrible chapter in history though so was the whole war and atrocities suffered! Will we ever learn! But as for those Japanese that feel contempt – I hope they find forgiveness. Many who suffered terrible atrocities and torture at the hands of Nazis and the Japanese felt the same I’m sure. But always tragic when the innocent pay for the crimes of others. In light of the hatred and atrocities that are still going on today I am sad we never learn.

    • mille merci for your elaborated comment: I totally agree with each and every word… yes, history has been repeating itself, unfortunately and innocent people ‘pay’ with their life somewhere in the world this very moment, hélas!

  5. Credo che sia stato emozianante passeggiare la dove è esplosa un’atomica che ha prodotto morti e danni. Le tue parole, sempre pacate e profonde, accompagnano la vista delle splendide immagini che fanno da degna cornice al post.

  6. A sad reminder of such tragedy. Thank you for sharing your experience. Speaking with the survivors must have been a powerful encounter.

  7. These pics are a sad reminder of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind. We must have monuments to remind the world of our atrocities and human errors. We still make mistakes but in many different forms these days, due to technology. But never again, one so brutal and fast as the days those two bombs were dropped. Emu

  8. J’ai visionné beaucoup de documentaires concernant l’utilisation de la bombe sur le Japon, les conséquences sont encore visibles maintenant, un diaporama qui nous met en face du souvenir de l’impensable, la destruction de masse par la bombe atomique. Merci pour ces photos qui mêlent la beauté des jardins et des statues à l’horreur de l’Histoire. Bon mercredi, Mélanie! Bisous!

    • Gisèle, même les meilleurs documentaires ont du mal à transmettre l’émotion ressentie sur place dans ces 2 villes-martyres… j’en suis vraiment marquée! merci pour ta visite et à+!

  9. A sobering place to visit. Are the coloured paper chains made up of origami cranes?

    • yes, indeed… but Hiroshima has kept more impressive ruins and emotional evidence of the tragedy… it’s ‘papier mâché’, the origami cranes have been used in Hiroshima.

  10. You have visited such beautiful places, Melanie, tho few as haunting as Nagasaki, and always with your trusty camera. We are the beneficiaries of your “work.” Thank you for sharing your travels with us, mon Amie.

  11. The Peace Park is so beautiful and inspirational, I wanted to go back there alone without the crowds of tourists taking photos of each other as if their presence was the important thing. I wonder how many of us get the full horror of it (and the many other horrors.)

    In Nagasaki I was especially impressed with the forgiveness in the way they presented the history. They never said, “When the U.S. dropped the bomb.” It was always “When the bomb dropped.” An amazing turn of phrase directing one away from blame and vengeance to understanding and hope.

    • @forgiveness… it’s just an impression, Miss Mona… I’ve been to Japan 4 times, I spoke with Japanese folks in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa(‘US, GO HOME!’), they expressed distrust and contempt, they haven’t forgotten or forgiven the national tragedy of August 1945… 😦

  12. Oh, I knew that your previous avatar where you were walking up grandstands in middle of terraces of flowery gardens were in Japan, but I couldn’t imagine it was taken in a place of a so horrible and inhuman tragedy. That art and gardens reflects the best of human spirit and civilization in contrast with the worst of the human spirit materialized in those nuclear bombs.

  13. respect şi admiraţie pentru acest popor atât de determinat şi muncitor! Nici nu ai zice că în locul acestor frumuseţi pe care le-ai prezentat, a fost cândva iadul!

  14. En août 1945, nous sommes entrés dans une nouvelle ère: celle des massacres en masse, de la globalisation, de la mort. Si cela devait se reproduire à l’échelle de la planète, nous vivrions l’Apocalypse… Espérons qu’aucun fou suicidaire n’aura la possibilité de nous conduire à cette extrémité. Tout ceci est profondément triste et me met mal à l’aise. Bonne soirée, quand même Mélanie. A+! Hervé

    • Hervé, je ne pense pas à des situations ou des circonstances incontrôlables, car c’est frustrant, usant et vain… je me répète now and then:”à chaque jour suffit sa peine…” – ou:”memento mori, carpe diem et gaudeamus igitur!”

  15. 6 august 1945 “enola gay” avionul cu numele de mama (a pilotului), am citit cartea scrisa de el cel care a lansat prima bomba la Hiroshima, cel care a fost ingrozit de ceea ce a realizat ca se intampla in urma lui… o “moarte a lumii”, pamantul a tacut 3 minute de tot!!! acesti supravietuitori au povestit cum a aratat iadul de atunci desi nu aveau cuvintele toate pentru a descrie “fata mortii” si… omenirea nu a invatat nimic… aruncam cu “raul” unii in altii din ce in ce mai mult si… cu totii stim ca oricand poate apare o alta “Hiroshima”!!!

    • da, cunosc acea “carte”, iar faptu’ c-am vizitat Hiroshima si Nagasaki m-a marcat pe viata… ai dreptate: omenirea nu învata din trecutu’ negativ, caci natura umana e aceeasi din totdeauna, probabil ca d-aia se zice ca “istoria se repeta…”

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