Learn About a Sad Part of History at This Little-Known Museum in Nagasaki

It was during the Obon festival (one of the only decent-length holidays we get all year) when a freak storm cancelled our boat across to Tomioka (and therefore, also our booking at a luxury hotel). Checking into a cheap hostel, we thought our perfect summer break had been cancelled. However, always determined to look on…

Spend Summer Island Hopping Around Japan’s Stunning Kujuku Islands!

Have you ever considered island hopping in Japan? If not, read on to find out more information on one of the beautiful places to do so. In the west coast of Kitamatsuura Peninsula is a group of islands, Kujuku Islands, designated as being a part of Saikai National Park, which is a marine park in…

Mount Unzen: A Brief Introduction to Japan’s Deadliest Mountain

Mount Unzen has been dubbed as the most lethal of all volcanoes in Japan. It is an active volcano located on the island of Kyushu, near the city of Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture. It has been recorded having several violent eruptions with many casualties. However, the place is also a popular destination for tourists due to…

Chirin-Chirin Ice Cream: a Cute and Delicious Nagasaki Treat!

Art resonates in Japan even in the simplest dessert that you will find on the streets. In Nagasaki City, there is one dessert that has been sold along the streets for over fifty years and it is called chirin-chirin ice cream. This dessert not only promises to satisfy your taste buds but also your eyes…

Brought Back to Life: The Symbolic Reconstruction of Fukusai-ji Temple

A very old temple has been standing in Nagasaki since the mid-1600’s which harkens back to a hint of ancient mythology. It is currently known as Fukusai-ji Temple. It was reconstructed in the shape of a turtle which is known to be its iconic symbol. The shape is deeply related to the temple’s role as…

Castella Cake: Nagasaki’s Traditional Cake with a European History

When you think of traditional Japanese food, you’re likely to think of udon noodles, thick slices of sashimi, crispy tempura and salty miso soup. A sweet, honey flavoured cake isn’t exactly what springs to mind when you think of Japanese cuisine, yet Castella cake is just as much part of Japan’s culinary history as a…

Dejima: Japan’s Connection to the Outside World

There was a point in the past when foreign policies were implemented, asserting that the nation’s interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance. It was called “Isolationism.” From 1641 to 1853, the Tokugawa Shogunate enforced a policy known as “kaikin.” This policy prohibited Japan from having contact with…

A Brief History of Nagasaki: The Emergence of Christianity and its Role

Like many other modern cities, Nagasaki too started as a small fishing village. How it developed from an unknown place into today’s famous city will be detailed in this article. Nagasaki was founded just before 1500 as a village for fishermen. Its inhabitants, who most likely were the first Japanese, came into contact with some…

Fukunoyu: Luxurious Onsen with Million Dollar View of Nagasaki

If you’ve never tried a Japanese hot spring before, then why not consider visiting the Fukunoyu Onsen in Nagasaki City? Bathing naked in front of strangers isn’t for everyone, but if you want to overcome your fears with a “baptism by fire” then what better way to do it then by plunging in at the…

Nagasaki: The History We Should Never Forget

This year marked the 70th anniversary of the time when two atomic bombs were dropped onto Japanese soil, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and military personnel. Much attention is paid to Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has become a beacon for peace and the disarmament of nuclear weapons across the…