Nagasaki's "What is This?" Corner

1- Hata


In Nagasaki people call "Hata" to kites. They have 3 colors; white, blue, red. There are nearly 50 types of traditional designs nowadays.These kites are used in kite battles. There are twine called yoma on it. And contestants compete each other and tries to cut each other’s yoma.




2- Zazen



 Zazen is about experiencing your innerself becoming one with nature. it helps to calm your mind and get rid of stress. You can experience Zazen at some of the Japanese Temples.


3- Chirin Chirin Ice

You can find this ice-cream sold on the streets of Nagasaki all year long... it can be in different flavors most known is vanilla. and can be shaped in tulip or rose. (so the customers said...)


4- Shippoku Cuisine



This cuisine is a mixture of traditional Japanese, Chinese and Western dishes.
Shippoku Cuisine is developed during the Edo period as a result of the cultural exchange that took place between Nagasaki and other countries.

5-Gyoban


“Gyoban” is a wooden fish-shaped board that is beaten to indicate the time or announce various events at temples.
The fish motif is said to represent the aspiration to become a diligent trainee monk, as fish keep their eyes open even when they’ re sleeping.

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6- Wakaran

“Wakaran” is a mixture of Japanese,Chinese and Dutch cultures. The Word Wakaran's "wa" represents Japanese, "ka" represents Chinese and "ran" represents Dutch culture. Especially you can witness wakaran (various nations' flavors) in local foods and dishes.


7- Lion - Dogs

Lion-dogs are the guardian statues at the shrines. There are a variety of lion-dogs which are unique in Nagasaki.



Information: Nagasakicool, visit-nagasaki.com, Nagasaki Walk Guide Book

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