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Nagasaki is a city located on the south-western coast of Kyushu Island, Japan. Nagasaki, which literally means long peninsula, is famous for being the second city to have an atomic bomb dropped on it, however much of Nagasaki's earlier history and influence can still be seen. Nagasaki was one of the few cities in Japan that was allowed to have trade with the outside world during the middle ages. In 1543 contact was made with European explorers and Nagasaki developed into a significant trading port for the Portuguese. Today you can see the influence of the Portuguese and some other European traders with the significant Christan churches and the European style house and garden at Glover Garden. Nagasaki has also had significant influence from the Chinese and this can be seen in the design of Kofukuji Temple.
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Nagasaki at night from MT Inasa Lookout
The layout of Nagasaki city has been shaped by its location and geography. Nagasaki is built on both sides of a narrow bay, which features a narrow flood plain on each side and then hills and mountains beyond that. Nagasaki's early stages of settlement were only on the flood plain, but as the city grew it spread up the less steep hills. Today the main industrial, commercial and residential areas of Nagasaki consume the whole of the flood plain. The narrow bay which is the focus of Nagasaki, is the best natural harbour on the island of Kyushu and would have been the key reason for the section of the site as the early trading post for the Europeans.
Megane Bridge Nagasaki
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Nagasaki is the largest city and capital of the island of Kyushu. Nagasaki is famous for having an atomic bomb dropped on it, but it also has long and diverse history, much of which survived the bombing.
The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, like its counterpart in Hiroshima, the hall was constructed as a place to remember and pray for those killed by the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Nyoko-do Hermitage is the former residence of Dr Takashi Nagai, the famous radiologist from Nagasaki, who lobbied for better treatment for the many people that were affected by the radiation from the atomic blast. He died in 1951, aged 43, from his exposure to the atomic explosion.
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Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument, also known as the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan, is the museum and monument to the twenty six Christians who were crucified in 1597 in Nagasaki for practicing Christianity in Japan when the religion had been banned.
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Daiei Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daiei stores, a chain of department stores and supermarkets based in Kobe, but with over 3,000 stores all over Japan. Daiei Department Store Nagasaki is in Nagasaki.
Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1717. Today the Diamaru Department Store chain is part of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores group, with many of the Diamaru Stores in the Kansai region. Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki is in Nagasaki.
Nagasaki's most famous dish is Chanpon which is a dish of noodles with vegetable and seafood. Also "Saraudon" is popular food too. "Saraudon" is as well as "Chanpon".Castella is a sponge cake that was originally brought by the Portuguese.
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