Trams = very exciting indeed

We spent a few days in Nagasaki city over the Golden Week break. It’s been at the top of my must-visit list for a while, and I’m so glad we made it; I fell a little bit in love with the place.


The day we arrived, it rained and rained. Cheap umbrellas providing totally inadequate coverage, we headed out to the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, a lovely building housing a small collection, including some of Shomei Tomatsu’s beautiful photographs of atomic bomb survivors.


Clock stopped at 11:02 on August 9th, 1945

The following day, I visited the Atomic Bomb Museum by myself while the toddler and husband explored the nearby Peace Park. I don’t really know what to write about it, other than it was incredibly sad, and that if you get the chance, you should go.


Paper Cranes at the Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki was a big success with the toddler, too. As if the excitement of sleeping in a hotel wasn’t enough (it totally was), we found a fantastic Bornelund ‘Kid o Kid’ play centre in a department store, and took a trip to the Penguin Aquarium on the outskirts of the city. The views from the bus on the way to the aquarium were stunning, as were those on the train journey to Nagasaki.


Koinobori outside the Penguin Aquarium