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
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… ❤