A Trip to Nagasaki: Visiting the hometown of my husband
Nagasaki is a prefecture and city of Kyushu – one of the biggest islands of Japan. Follow me on this wonderful and memorable trip.
My husband is originally from Nagasaki, so it is a sure thing that we wanted to visit his place of birth together.
I've never been to Kyushu before, and for me, this trip was as exciting as if I went to another country (yes, I think that Japan is that diverse!).
We packed our luggage and were ready to dispatch from the Haneda airport. We arrived at Nagasaki Airport and headed to the car-sharing service inside of the airport facility. A staff member then picked us up and kindly delivered to the place where our car was waiting for us.
I was looking at astonishing seaside views from the window, thinking that this place definitely had a different energy from that I felt in the big cities of Kanto. The weather was perfect, the sky was bluer than usual, and I already knew it would be an ideal journey for both of us.
After some paperwork and payment, we finally received our vehicle and decided to stop by a restaurant to have something for lunch.
The place we chose was a tonkatsu (a deep-fried cutlet usually made of pork) restaurant situated on a wide lively street of the Omura city that is called Hamakatsu Omurakoen.
There I ordered a set including ebifurai and nanban chicken (deep-fried shrimps and chicken soaked in sweet and sour sauce). As usual in tonkatsu restaurants, the lunch set also included pickle variety, miso soup, rice, and cabbage salad.
When we filled our bellies with delicious food, it was right about time to check into the hotel located next to the Nagasaki station. After that, we decided to take a walk around the city.
My husband advised us to start off with the Oura Church and Glover House.
The latter location once belonged to Thomas Glover, a Scottish businessman who founded his enterprises in Nagasaki and built a house in the 19th century.
He contributed to the appearance of the alcohol production that is now widely known as Kirin Brewery Company.
The house-museum amazed us with its fantastic architecture, beautiful gardens, and unique atmosphere of the past. Definitely recommend visiting!
Next to the hills where Mr. Glover resided were plenty of shops with delicacies and souvenirs.
There I bought Nagasaki's famous dessert called kasutera with bergamot tea flavour. This is a sweet sponge cake initially brought to Japan in the 16th century by Portuguese merchants.
During the Sakoku period (the time of Japan's isolation policy implemented by the Tokugawa shogunate), Nagasaki was the only place where westerners could freely interfere with the Japanese business.
The man who was selling cakes was an outgoing, cheerful man, and started asking us where we came from.
From the first interaction with locals, Nagasaki shook me with its open-mindedness and interest towards foreigners; such an attitude may, of course, be explained from the point that the people of Nagasaki have dealt with foreigners well since the Sakoku period.
Maybe this is why my husband has always been friends with people from other countries, and in the end, chose me, a Central Asian, as his wife.
Oh, how I want to insert a huge smiling emoji here because I'm fulfilled with positive emotions and memories from this big journey of my life. To be continued!
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