New Zealand to Japan
February through April 2007
Page 35 - Nagasaki, Japan (Part I)


Nagasaki was our first port-of-call in Japan.  For those who may not remember, Nagasaki was the target of the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan by the United States during World War II.  The date was August 9, 1944.

Arriving in Nagasaki, we were lucky to have a rather nice and warm day. There was a small reception for us at the port but I didn't get any photos of it. I did, however, manage to snap a couple of pictures of the port and surrounding area while waiting for the authorities to clear the ship for disembarkation.

Welcoming reception. Both flags were raised. A view from the ship.
Cooled down a bit by the time we disembarked. It was a walking tour, but we took a street car (a tram) to the places of interest. There comes the tram... It was a bit crowded inside...
..but we had fun inside the tram. In the center photo are our two assistant guides (interns?).
Our first stop was the Fountain of Peace.
The photos in this row and the one above are taken at the lower level of the park. Above left is the exact spot where the bomb exploded, or more accurately, the center of explosion -- and devastation.

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