петак, 29. октобар 2010.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Kyushu trip - Day eight ★ Nagasaki

I have to be honest and say that before coming to Nagasaki my only thoughts of this city were related to Atomic bomb. But now when I think of Nagasaki I think of so many beautiful things, memories and people!

For me Nagasaki is the city of many small and beautiful streets. In these streets children are running and playing, old people are smiling.

In between the buildings one can have a glimpse of surrounding hills.

Cute. :)

First day in Nagasaki I spent around the China town area and old town area.

Below is a view of Maruyama Street. This street was famous for its brothels back in the time. It is said to be Japan's third largest entertainment quarter, formed in 1642, when brothels from all over the town were brought together in one place. Records show that in 1692 there were 1443 prostitutes here. On the end of this street there is a famous restaurant called Kagetsu (花月), which was built on the grounds of the brothel Hiketaya in 1818. Original brothel was founded around 1642. Anyway, in front of Kagetsu, while I was reading the sign with all these information, taxi stopped and a geisha came out. It was beautiful. Out of respect I didn't take photos, but now I regret! :) Two minutes after another taxi stopped in front of Kagetsu and one more geisha came out!... ah... :)

Cat is not really interested in all that things...

Yes, candies.

Nakanochaya (中の茶屋) is the former site of Nakanochaya teahouse from the 18th century. This tea house was a popular resting place for Japanese and foreign men of letters. Today it is one of the few 18th-century gardens other than those in temples or shrines. Woman who works there (it looked as if nobody visited the place during the whole day, but it might not be so) kindly explained three characteristics which makes this garden Edo style garden. One of it is this path which is making this waves. Second was some tree in the garden, probably Sakura, and third is a stone pillar and a tree planted beside it.

Guests enters the tea house (second time) through this small door on the right. Because everyone has to enter in a humbly way through this door it symbolizes the equality among people.

Work on ceiling symbolizes how people's hearts should intertwine.

On the photo below, almost in the center you can see the pillar and a small tree beside it.

View of the garden.

Cats everywhere. I guess it is a paradise for cat lovers.

Entrance to China town. I guess China town does not need too much of an explanation. :)

Daifuku filling - a grape! Where is the beans? Just joking, it was a perfect daifuku! And a free one. That is because I'm a tourist in Kyushu. Everyday someone was buying me something! I was perfectly happy! :)

Was this road supposed to symbolize the Edo period gardens?

眼鏡橋 - Spectacles bridge

Koi fish in the river near Meganebashi.

First day in Nagasaki was beautiful, it was a travel back in time to Edo period. While walking through these streets I couldn't help but feeling sentimental. :)

среда, 27. октобар 2010.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Kyushu trip - Day seven ★ Kumamoto

I arrived in Kumamoto on a nice rainy morning! Since weather was so beautiful since I came to Kyushu I really didn't mind that rainy day. Which by the way gave a certain look to the castle and it's surroundings that made me feel like I traveled back in time, at least one century ago... during the Satsuma rebellion.

Below is the monument of Kato Kiyomasa who in 1588 expanded the Kumamoto castle.

Having lots of experience in battles he used the knowledge he gained from it and made an impregnable castle.

I really liked the feeling that everything was in its own place, every corner and every staircase.

The castle was besieged in 1877 during the Satsuma rebellion for almost two months! During this time castle proved to be one of the Japan's strongest castles.

Huge kitchen were meals were served to great number of men.

Graphic explanation of how they could effectively defend the castle from inside. I love their faces XD

Unfortunately I didn't get to see Suizenji park. But at least I was staying at the best place ever, called Nakashimaya.

Living room.

My room with tatami floor and futon. And tiny, sweet genkan.

Hallway in front of our rooms. I stayed in 冬 room. First 4 rooms are called buy 4 seasons. :)


Fight for tanuki's rights! :D

Next day I was ready to go to my last destination in Kyushu... I was already a bit tired from traveling every day to a different place and I almost wished to go back to Tokyo. But my next destination was the place I wanted to see the most - Nagasaki!