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.
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... :)
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.
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! :)
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. :)