|We began the day at the Nagasaki Confucius Shrine, one of only a handful of shrines in Japan dedicated to the Chinese philosopher. It was built in 1893 by the Nagasaki Chinese community. The ornate Chinese style building are adorned with yellow roofs and stone dragons. In the courtyard there are 72 lifesize stone statues depicting Confucius' disciples.
Next we took a funicular and an elevator high above the city to Glover Gardens. Created by Thomas Glover, Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and other fields. In it stands the Glover Residence, the oldest Western style house surviving in Japan and several other building built in the mid-1800s. The building are surrounded by beautiful, serene gardens overlooking the port of Nagasaki. The gardens also include the Museum of Traditional Performing Arts which displays colorful floats, costumes and dragons used in the Kunchi Festival held annually in October.
Then we set off on our own via two tram rides to the Nagasaki Peace Museum. There there were many exhibits describing the events leading up to the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Photo after photo shows the horrendous devastation to the city and its inhabitants. The most difficult displays are those that detail the testimonies of victims of the bombing.