Nagasaki Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatown in Japan following Yokohama and Kobe. Many people of Chinese heritage live in Nagasaki and have developed this town as what it is. It features many famous Chinese restaurants and Chinese ingredient shops.
China, along with Holland, had the permission of the trade with Japan. The site of Chinatown was an artificial island called “shinchi” and used as warehouses for Chinese merchants.
Spectacles Bridge (Megane Bridge)
Spectacles Bridge called “megane-bashi” is an arched stone bridge which is one of the most popular sightseeing spots and a symbol of Nagasaki. The bridge was built in 1634 by a Chinese Buddhist monk named “Mokusu Nyojo”.
This unique nickname of the bridge comes from its shape. It is because the contrast between the two arches of the bridge and its reflection on the surface of the stream reminds us of a pair of spectacles.
Chanpon is a representing cuisine of Nagasaki.
It is said that around 1900 a Chinese restaurant chef tried to make helpful recipe because he worried that Chinese students studying in Nagasaki didn’t eat enough vegetables. For this reason, he thought out a bowl of noodle containing wide variety of nutrition such as pork, see food, many various vegetables.
In the downtown in Nagasaki, there are uncountable restaurants serving “chanpon”, which attracts many tourists. Once you eat it, you are sure to be a chanpon lover.
Remembrance of the Atomic Bomb
The important history to remember is the devastation caused by the atomic bomb on August 9, 1945.
Nagasaki Peace Park is located immediately north of the hypocenter and is famous for the 10 meters tall Peace Statue. Its right hand pointing toward the sky implies the threats of nuclear weapons and the left hand lifting horizontally means world peace.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
For the purpose of handing down the threats and devastation by A-bomb to the posterity, bombed various items form daily commodities to iron frames used as a building are exhibited. The symbolic display is a topographical model which shows how much quickly, enormous and large-scaled the damage spread. A clock still pointing to 11:02 is a significant item. Message videos by bomb victims are available and translated into many languages.
Torii is a shrine gate. Usually it is built using two vertical posts. Of the two legs made of stone, however, one was blown by bomb blast. This location is about 900 meters away from the hypocenter.