Right now we are 12 miles away from Japan’s coastline and we can use the internet momentarily– surprise! - this will happen once more before the 18th.
1. The sun rose over the hills of Nagasaki as we held an Ecumenical Easter service onboard the Serenity. Later, an unusually warm day with bright sunshine and the excitement of Easter made us climb to the top of Mt. Nabekamuri Park Observatory.
2. We walked past Oura RC church – Japan’s oldest wooden church with a history worth googling!
3 & 4. Just to prove we climbed the mountain!
5. Large bees up there – surveillance drones?
6. We visited Peace Park, built to memorialize the war-ending events of August 9, 1945 and the Atomic Bomb museum. Both are located in the area of the “Hypocenter”.
7. The hope for peace, symbolized by the thousands of paper cranes made by school children.
8. Statues have been donated from around the world – this “Joy of Life” was give by Czechoslovakia in 1980.
9 & 10. Scottish businessman’s Thomas Glover’s estate, situated on Dutch Hill over-looking Nagasaki and the harbor. Puccini is said to have used the estate as the setting for “Madame Butterfly”.