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2015年5月27日 星期三

From Shimabara to Nagasaki (從島原至長崎)

After having had our fill of the sight and smell of Japanese "hells" , we were on way to our next destination, the city of Nagasaki (長崎)



We're leaving Shimabara


We passed through a pier





the city


some terraced farm lands


freshly turned earth


rows and rows of carefully lined up market gardening fields


a beautiful bay


flowers growing on the side of the highway


Well irrigated fields


We reached a pier


We had to take a ferry


The rear lower deck


boats neatly parked one after another in the shelter


We're leaving the pier


We passed some docking area


huge cranes for container cargo freighters



A Japanese baby. What kind of world will he have to face when he grows up?


We've been to all these places, Unsen, Shimabara and we're headed for Nagaski


We are in Nagasaki!


It's a port city


The former British Embassy building in Nagasaki right next to our hotel


We are going up to the highest spot in Nagasaki to do some night photography: Mount Inasa Yama ( 稻佐山)


Some shops we passed through on our way uphill


We are some distance up already.


Finally the car park up there..


The map showing the park area of Mount Inasa


Nice big lawn beside the park car. There are some environmental vans taking us up to the top of the mountain. But the drivers resolutely refused to start earlier although there was a  sufficient number to fill up an entire van. Despite some hectic negotiations, he insisted on starting at 6 p.m. only. So after some discussions, the group decided to walk up the steps.


Close to the entrance of the steps, there is a small deer park


The city below our feet mid-way up.


Another view


A slightly closer view


The sun was going down


The sky was beginnng to turn a little red


Finally we're at the car park below the viewing tower


A view of the car park and the city below mid-way up the viewing tower.



It was getting darker: the sun is surrounded by the evening mist.


Cut into two halves by a cloud


The cloud has passed: the sun a bright yellow disc.


Its top hidden


The sun was reddening at its bottom


all red now


Beginning to sink below the horizon


Very little left of it now.


A wide angle view of the city below: not yet fully lit up


Getting darker and darker


Completely dark now


According to the local guide, this is a view worth a million USD


Another side of the city


Back to the hotel lobby


waiting to be given our rooms


It would be a buffet dinner


The wine collection