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    This is Japan

    We should really have a thread about JAPAN... a destination I have visited many times, but always dream of going back to....

    But before we set off on this venture to this fantastic place, why not take a couple of classes first?

    Needless to say, really entertaining classes that is:



    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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    Some day I hope to visit some koi farms in Japan. Sort of like a trip to Mecca for a koi owner.

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      These two were funny!!!!! I want to see the rest of the series.

      Great idea for the thread, Captain. I'll drag out the photos from a couple of years ago. As soon as I finish stripping wallpaper. Which means, of course, I have to stop reading CVF posts and START stripping wallpaper.....

      Dane--you have a koi pond to??? Is there ANYTHING you DON'T have up there in the North Carolina mountains???? Plane, boat, hops, backhoe, koi pond....what next?

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        Originally posted by ehp View Post
        Dane--you have a koi pond to??? Is there ANYTHING you DON'T have up there in the North Carolina mountains???? Plane, boat, hops, backhoe, koi pond....what next?
        Crocodiles or poisonous spiders?
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          check and check.

          (alligators and both black widows AND brown recluse).

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            While we wait for Lady E to finish stripping wallpaper and post her pictures from Japan, I'll add my recent pictures from Nagasaki to this thread.

            Nagasaki is probably best known for being the second, and last, city to be hit by an atomic bomb.

            But it is also the first place in Japan to open up for foreign trade. In fact it was established as a trading post by the arrival of the Portuguese back in 1543. It was for a time even ruled by the Jesuits.

            With the opening of Japan in 1859, Nagasaki became one of the five "Treaty Ports", where foreigners could reside and trade freely and without restrictions. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagasaki

            There are a surprising number of buildings remaining from the time, many now restored and centered in Clover Garden (British) and Dejima (Dutch), but not so much from the early Portuguese time.
            Much of the original settlement was damaged by the bombing in 1945 and by the frantic modernization after that.

            But let's take a walk in Clover Garden, which was next to my Hotel.
            Looking out from the window:


            I noticed this building and got curious:


            And this Church:

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              So I decided to explore the area. Walking up the hill I came to this building:

              The entrance to Clover Garden Park and historical site:
              http://www.glover-garden.jp/foreign/english.html

              Having paid my dues I walked up the steep hill, rather than taking the Escalators:

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                The Park rules and lay-out was posted near by:


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                  The building I had noticed from the hotel was still high up on the hill:


                  This modern "statue" kind of spoiled the ambiance though:

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                    This impressive villa was one of the first building I came to:


                    After the second steep hill I succumb to using the escalator:




                    A decorated wall:

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                      Another impressive colonial villa:


                      With all amenities required for creature comfort:


                      Including a fire place: (Much needed in the winter)


                      Outside was a nice patio with a view of the harbour:


                      Some very large Kois in the pond:

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                        I don't think this little gun would have done much to protect the harbour from up here:


                        The Guard shack from Nagasaki Commercial College:

                        (Not all the houses were originally situated in Glover Garden)

                        Dustbins were placed throughout the park and it was amazingly clean:

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                          One more villa:




                          I finally got wise to take a picture of the information place at each house:

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                              Next house is the Ringer House:










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