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The Independent (UK)

The Independent 23 January 2016 (Pictured) 
Slow train, hot springs

The Independent 2 August 2015
Nagasaki is a footnote no longer

The Independent 14 June 2014
Hashima: The island that time forgot

National Geographic Traveller (UK Edition)

National Geographic Traveller (UK Edition) June 2015
Japan: The slow train in the land of high-speed rail


Wired (March 2016 Issue): The Nex Giant Leap, 
Check out the feature on the world's first robot hotel (Henn na Hotel).

National Geographic (Web)

Article preview of Nagasaki's Hidden Christians survive persecution and the Atomic BombArticle preview of Nagasaki's Hidden Christians survive persecution and the Atomic Bomb

Ari Beser writes for the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The grandson of a U.S. serviceman on both B-29s that executed the atomic bombing of Japan, Ari Beser reports on the the event for its 70th anniversary. He is commited to "[giving] voice to people directly affected by nuclear technology today, as well as [working] with Japanese and Americans to encourage a message of reconciliation and nuclear disarmament." 

His articles and photo essays on the Atomic Bombing: 
Nagasaki: The City Beyond the Atomic Bomb
Nagasaki's Hidden Christians survive persecution and the Atomic Bomb
The Story About Hiroshima and Nagasaki You've Never Heard
Pictures: Lessons learnt from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Pictures: Nagasaki and Hiroshima Survivors Share Their Stories
In Nagasaki, New Art Exhibit "Antimonument" Rethinks the Bomb

Japan Town Ventures into Clean Energy 
(Obama Town, Unzen)Japan Town Ventures into Clean Energy (Obama Town, Unzen)

On spots of interest in Nagasaki:
East Meets West at this Historic Nagasaki Eatery
Nagasaki's Holiday Lights Look Back to the Future
Japan Town Ventures into Clean Energy 

Asian Traveler

Nagasaki: Land of the Smiling Sun,
Way of the Faithful (A Nagasaki Pilgrimage) 

National Geographic (French)

National Geographic: Numéro Spécial Japon secret
Les «chrétiens cachés» de l'île de Kyushu

The Herald Magazine

Japan: On the trail of abandoned islands, Shinto shrines, karaoke…and Hebridean scenery

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Episode Nagasaki
#1 Nagasaki City
#2 Sasebo City
#3 Hirado City
#4 History of Christianity in Nagasaki Prefecture

The Philippine Star

Nagasaki:Your soul destination

Oishii (Singapore)

- "Nagasaki, Revealed!!"
Dive into Japan's first melting pot of international cultures with this 12-page guide.

-Nagasaki's Story "A museum in Nagasaki proves that it is possible for a friendship to endure forever."

-Nagasaki's Story "A must-see for every visitors to Nagasaki, the Battleship Island, Gunkanjima, is a treat for both history buffs and shutterbugs."

TRAVELIFE Magazine (Philippines)

TRAVELIFE Magazine is the leading travel and lifestyle publication in the Philippines.

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nagasaki, Fukuoka: Vibrant, nostalgic, and scenic Written By: Pocholo Concepcion

Los Angeles Times (USA)

・“Japanese port city of Nagasaki has long East-West connection”,0,6231782.story#ixzz2vH7blIsT
・“Travel, dining info for Nagasaki, Japan”,0,1014186.story#axzz2vH7aW6NV

Forbes (USA)

・“The Mystery Island From 'Skyfall' And How You Can Go There”

Figaro (France)

・”Le premier Français converti au Japon, François Caron.”

De Volkskrant (Netherlands)

Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany)

Be Movement (Singapore‎)

Tokyo Weekender

- "Experience Nagasaki" Tradition and Modernity Meet at Japan’s First Gateway to the West.

- "Exploring the Goto Island"

- "National treasures and some volcanic exploration"

- "Nagasaki's Iki: An Island in Time"

- "Unsung Islands: The history & scenery of Iki and Tsushima"

Music/ Plays

・ Italian composer Giacomo Puccini composed the opera “Madama Butterfly”, a story set in Nagasaki.


・Iki and Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture are listed in a Chinese historical text, the Sanguozhi, (the Records of the Three Kingdoms ) as the oldest kingdoms that communicated with China.

・Many Germans came to Dejima in the era of the isolation policy as physicians for the V.O.C. Engelbert Kaempfer published his “Japan Diary”, which was the first book to give Europeans an accurate account of Japan. Philipp Franz von Siebold later published “Nippon”, “Flora Japonica” and “Fauna Japonica”.

・The French novel “Madame Chrysanthème” by  Pierre Loti.

・A historical novel written in 1966 by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, based on the historical facts of the suppression of Christianity and the history of crypto-Christians in Nagasaki in the 17th century. For further information about the history of the Christianity in Nagasaki, please see the link: History

・ The 2010 NY Times Best Seller, “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet” is based on the history of Dejima in Nagasaki City. This novel was written by David Mitchell, who is also well-known as the author of “Cloud Atlas”, which was made into a movie in 2012.

・Many books have been published which feature the events of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the 1905 Battle of Tsushima (the Sea of Japan Naval Battle).

・Ryu Murakami is a novelist born in Nagasaki who has written novels including “In the Miso Soup”, “Almost Transparent Blue” and “69” which made into a movie, filmed in Nagasaki.


Silence (2016)

Photo Credit Kerry Brown
Photo Credit Kerry Brown
Photo Credit Kerry Brown『沈黙-サイレンス-』
Photo Credit Kerry Brown
Photo Credit Kerry Brown『沈黙-サイレンス-』
Photo Credit Kerry Brown

About “Silence” (literature): Chinmoku (1966), translated to English as Silence (1969), is a novel by famed Japanese author Endo Shusaku, taking place in 17th century Nagasaki, during a period of harsh Christian persecution. The story sets in Tomogi Village, based on Shitsu and Kurosaki in Sotome. Christians had gone underground, pretending publicly to be Buddhists while secretly continuing to practice Chrstianity. But without a priest to confess their sins, they carried the heavy burden of knowingly commiting the sin of apostasy. Endo Shusaku, a Catholic himself, visited the town of Sotome and fell in love with it, returning multiple time to conduct research in the writing of his novels. His legacy remains in Sotome in the form of the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, a museum dedicated to him and his works, and the Silence Monument inscribed with the quote "Humanity is so sad, Lord, and the ocean so blue" overlooking Shitsu and the sea. The novel is followed by Kiku's Prayer (unrelated to the characters of Silence but also taking place in Nagasaki concerning the lives of Catholics in the region) and a yet to be translated work Onna no Issho 2 Sachiko no baai (A Woman's Life 2: The case of Sachiko). 

For further information about the history of the Christianity in Nagasaki, please click here.
Background: Christianity was first introduced to Nagasaki in 1550 by St. Francis Xavier, a Portuguese missionary. Through the Christianization of several Daimyo (Lords) in Nagasaki, the city flourished as the center of Christianity in Japan, earning the nickname “Little Rome”. However, the ruling Shogunate grew wary as the influence of Christianity and the European missionaries spread. In 1597, 26 Christians were taken up Nishizaka Hill. They were tortured and crucified at the Nishizaka Martyrs Site, marking the beginning of a dark period of persecution that continued for two centuries and only ended at the end of the national isolation policy.
In 1865, a group of Christians professed their faith at Oura Cathedral, revealing that the faith had survived even after centuries of harsh persecution. Rather than renouncing their faith, which would save them from the risk of torture and execution, many had gone into hiding and continued practicing and passing down their religion in secret. The Pope described the event as a “Miracle of the East.” Today, Nagasaki is home to more than 130 churches and Christian related sites. 12 of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative list, contending for listing in 2018.

Silence​ (2016, film): Considered the pinnacle of post-war Japanese Literature, Endo Shusaku’s Silence (SHINCHO BUNKO) has been adapted to film by Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese (known for his films such as Taxi Driver, and The Departed). 沈黙 – サイレンス (Original English Title: Silence) will hit theatres on January 21st, 2017 in Japan. Since he first encountered the original work in 1988, Scorsese has wanted to adapt it to film. Silence has been long anticipated and under development for the past 28 years.
The story sets in the 17th century, at the beginning of the Edo period, and follows two missionaries that came to Nagasaki, Japan, in search of their mentor who had reportedly renounced his faith due to the harsh oppression of Christians in Nagasaki. They witness the unimaginable horrors of the Christian persecution in Nagasaki, as they questioned their faith.
Scorsese visited Nagasaki in 2009, between January and March during the film’s development stage. Below are the locations that Scorsese visited while in Nagasaki.

The  26 Martyrs’ Site 
A monument depicting the 26 Martyrs - the first Christians martyred in Japan during the Christian persecution era - stands on the Nishizaka Hill where they, along with many others after them were executed. Behind the monument is the 26 Martyrs Museum which holds a collection of items from the Christian persecution era such as an original letter written by St. Francis Xavier, an article listing the rewards for reporting Christians to the authorities, and sacred items used by the hidden Christians for worship. There is also a Church on this site, prominent for its unique Gaudi-influenced twin towers. 

Director Martin Scorsese visiting the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum.Director Martin Scorsese visiting the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum.

The Endo Shusaku Literary Museum
The Endo Shusaku Literary Museum is located in the Sotome district. It is known as the home of Christians and the area in which the novel Silence is set. Sotome is a district unique for its historical and cultural significance and is blessed with beautiful scenery. One may enjoy the view of the sun setting across the Gotonada sea or visit relics such as the monument to Silence in Shitsu Village. 

Director Scorsese at the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.Director Scorsese at the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.

The Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture  
This museum holds precious artifacts telling the history of Nagasaki Prefecture. Experts on Nagasaki’s hidden Christian history and the novel Silence helped with the adaptation of the film, and also consulted on the Nagasaki dialect, and Nagasaki’s historical background. 

Director Scorsese in Unzen.Director Scorsese in Unzen.

Unzen Hell 
A scenic sightseeing spot today, Unzen Hell used the be the location where Christians were tortured in the boiling hot waters of the hot springs. The film production crew came to Nagasaki many times for research, visiting iconic locations like the Unzen Hell. Other places include the Goto Islands (to better depict a scene in the movie) and Hirado which are also rich in history on the hidden Christians. 

More information coming soon. 


Director Shinji Higuchi and his film crew on Hashima Island.Director Shinji Higuchi and his film crew on Hashima Island.

Filming Location in Nagasaki: Hashima (Gunkanjima; Battleship Island), Nagasaki City

About Hashima: also known by its nickname “Gunkanjima” (Battleship Island) due to its silhouette, this island has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its historical value based on its industrial heritage. For more information on Hashima and Gunkanjima Tours, please refer to the link: Hashima

The Wolverine (2013)

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Filming Location in Nagasaki:  Nagasaki Port
The film starts with a scene of the bombing of Nagasaki Harbor during World War II. The actual images of this scene were created by composing real views of Nagasaki Harbor shot by the second unit from Hollywood.

About Nagasaki Harbor: The only port where trade with Europe flourished in th 17th to 19th centuries. The current Nagasaki Port is highly valued as a beautiful port where international cruise ships frequently call. A number of sightseeing spots including the verdant Seaside Park and the Nagasaki Art Museum are located around the port. For further information, please refer to the link: Nagasaki Port

Experience Japan like Wolverine:

Skyfall (2012)

Gunkanjima; Battleship IslandGunkanjima; Battleship Island
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Filming Location in Nagasaki: Hashima (Gunkanjima; Battleship Island), Nagasaki City
In the 50th-anniversary hit James Bond film Skyfall, this deserted island was featured as the model of Dead City, the villain’s lair.

About Hashima: also known by its nickname “Gunkanjima” (Battleship Island) due to its silhouette, this island has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its historical value based on its industrial heritage. For more information on Hashima and Gunkanjima Tours, please refer to the link: Hashima

The Last Samurai (2003)

Kujuku-Shima IslandsKujuku-Shima Islands
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Filming Location in Nagasaki: Kujuku-Shima Islands, Sasebo City
The view of sunset over the Kujuku-Shima islands appeared in the movie “The Last Samurai” as a symbol of Japanese coastal beauty.

About the Kujuku-Shima islands: Hundreds of islands are huddled together here in Japan's westernmost national park. The density of the islands is the highest in Japan. For more information on Kujuku-Shima and the Saikai Pearl Sea Resort, please refer to the link: Kujuku-Shima Islands.

Other major films featuring Nagasaki, supported by the Nagasaki Film Commission:

Rhapsody in August, directed by Akira Kurosawa (1991)

・“Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo” (Joy of Man's Desiring ), has won a prize in the Generation Kplus section at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. Most of the scenes were shot in the beautiful natural scenery of Nagasaki. The film was directed by Masakazu Sugita and produced by Yasushi Miyoshi, a Nagasaki native.

・Anatae (Dearest) , directed by Yasuo Furuhata (2012)
・Volcano Devils, Japanese-French co-sponsored documentary film (2011)
・Akunin (Villain) by Lee Sang-il (2010) 
・Akai ito ( "The Red Thread"in USA or "Threads of Destiny" in Hong Kong) directed by Shousue Murakami (2009)
・Naoko, directed by Tomoyuki Furumaya (2008)
・Christmas on July 24th Avenue directed by Shousuke Murakami (2006)
・69 sixty nine, directed by Lee Sang-il (2004), based on Ryu Murakami’s novel.
・Battle Royale II, by directed Kinji and Kenta Fukasaku, starring Kitano Takeshi (2003)-The battle scene was shot at Sakito coal mine in Nagasaki city with an image of Hashima.
・The Last Samurai  directed by Edward Zwick ,starring Tom Cruise (2003)– The Kujuku Islands was featured in the opening scene.・Silence, directed by Masahiro Shinoda (1971), based on Shusaku Endo’s novel.
・Otoko wa turai yo ("It's tough being a man"), a Japanese film series directed by Yoji Yamada. Cities of Nagasaki prefecture were featured in 1988, 1985, 1981, 1977, and1971.
・Typhon sur Nagasaki (English: Typhoon Over Nagasaki) ,a French Film directed by Yves Ciampi
・More movies upcoming including famous Hollywood movies.

・A  list of all films with the support of the Nagasaki Film Commission (Japanese Only)
・Information about the Nagasaki Film Commission (English)


Shogun (1980)

Shogun is a television miniseries based on a novel by James Clavell of the same name. The story is inspired by William Adams, the first English samurai who served Tokugawa Ieyasu. He passed away in Hirado, Nagasaki.