If yesterday was all about Eastern, today was all about Western. It started off at Glover Garden, a park on a hill overlooking the harbour and based around the house of Thomas Blake Glover, a Scot who lived in Nagsasaki and was instrumental in several key advancements in fishing, medicine and other technologies introduced from the West. To get to the garden meant taking a tram, the best transport network in the city. They actually re-claimed old trams from other cities who were ditching their tram network, so most of them are restored originals:
Below are a few pictures of the garden itself, in which are sited about ten restored houses built and inhabited by merchants and other key figures from the West who lived in Nagasaki. The location of the garden, the incredible views, the climate, the tropical plants and the beatiful examples of Western architecture actually made me quite jealous that I wasn’t around to enjoy such an amazing ex-pat life style!
Annoyingly, they (and many of the other pictures I’ve posted recently) do tend to highlight the fact that I need to get another lens that will enable me to take better photos of close-up things so that they fit in the frame. The 50mm len is good for portraits and so on, but less so when you want to take a photo of a large building directly in front of you. (Got any recommendations of Canon lenses, then please post a comment!).
This wall and roof is from the Confucian Shrine, which is the only such shrine built outside China by Chinese hands. Sadly the entrance fee was rather high, and given I had already paid to enter Glover Garden, and was on my way to do the same somewhere else, I decided to give it a miss. I do like the reds and oranges of the exterior, though.
Because the Dutch East India Company had a base in Nagasaki, on the island of Dejima (more on this soon…), you occasionally see some things from our friends across the North Sea (really I should say “family”, given that I’m half Dutch!). Above is a sign for a cafe called Lekker, which means “delicious”.
A bit further along from the cafe is Oranda-zaka – Holland Hill, or Dutch Slope. There are a few more Western-style houses here, a couple of which have been turned into a photography museum.
The next stop was Dejima, 出島 in Japanese. The kanji 出 means “exit” or “leave” and the kanji 島 means island (the same as in Miyajima
), because it was here that Portugease and Dutch traders were kept during the phase that Japan closed its doors to the rest of the world.
The island was reclaimed from the sea when it was built in 1634, although now it has become part of the city. However, ambitious plans are afoot to revert it back to an island, but since this will involve re-routing both roads and rivers, it’s unlikely to happen for a good few years yet. What is well underway, however, are plans to re-create the island as it was in the 1600’s, which means restoring and re-building the original town. What has been done so far is a museum, and below are a few pictures, a couple of whice show the peculiar meeting of Japanese and Western styles or architecture.
This is a model of the original Dejima. Only about a third has been completed so far.
After leaving Dejima I went to complete a Very Important Mission, about which I will write another time. Afterwards I went on the ropeway up to Inasa-san
, a 333 metre mountain which they say afford “100 million dollar views of Nagasaki” (“they” presumably being the tourist information board). I’m not sure about 100,000,000 dollars, but the views were pretty good! I arrived at about 5.30pm, ate my dinner up there and stayed until night fell, which meant I could get a good range of shots.