Did You know these about NAGASAKI?

 

Did you know... 

1- during the era of national isolation in Japan, the Geishas acted almost as informal diplomats? 


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The Nagasaki Kenban is a group of traditional Geisha (or 'Geiko' as they are called here), known as first-class entertainers and artists, skilled in singing, dancing, conversation and traditional Japanese instruments such as the shamisen and the koto, which they use to play historic songs of Nagasaki. Nagasaki was home to one of the most famous Geisha quarters in Japan, and during the era of national isolation, the Geishas acted almost as informal diplomats, as they were the only women allowed into Dejima. It was their conduct which was introduced to the West as the embodiment of Japanese culture, and in return, the Geishas of Nagasaki were the first people to experience outside cultures at that time. (info from: visit-nagasaki.com ) 

2- Foreign Dishes introduced first to Nagasaki later spread all over Japan? 


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Nagasaki Prefecture, with its long history of international exchange, was introduced to a wide variety of culture from abroad, including foreign food and cuisine. 

3- Japan’s First Iron bridge was built in Nagasaki?

 

 Japan’s First Iron Bridge is built in Nagasaki in 1868 and it’s named Kuroganebashi. Because it’s cost a lot its called Golden Bridge instead of Iron Bridge. Photo By Ehagaki nagasaki [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons 

4- Peace Park statue's right hand points the sky where the atomic bomb came, other hand stretching horizontally symbolizes eternal world peace, while the slightly closed eyes express a prayer asking that the souls of the victims may find rest? (info and photo by visit-nagasaki.com) 


5- Hashima is the Model for the Death City in Skyfall, James Bond Movie? 


The island of Hashima, Nagasaki, Kyushu, is used as the model for villain's lair in Skyfall, 007, the 50th anniversary feature of the famous movie franchise.⠀ 

Also known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) because of the island's distinctive profile, Hashima has always held a place in Japanese history. In the late 19th century, the island was purchased for a major coal mining industry. It soon had the highest population density due to the huge influx of people working in mines and related areas. ⠀ 

Hashima is also known for its unique concrete architecture, and first rooftop garden in Japan.⠀ In the mid-1970s, the island became a ghost town, because of the world's energy shift from coal to petroleum. In 2009, the island was reopened for tourism, and now is a must-see on the lists of travelers to Nagasaki. (Info From JNTO Page)⠀ 


If you are planning to visit Japan and Nagasaki or want to learn more about Nagasaki don’t forget to check Nagasakicool. You can find their free magazine on their website. And follow them on social media.


 

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