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Nomozaki Daffodil FestivalThe Nomozaki Narcissus Festival is held annually in Suisen-no-Sato Park, in the Nomozaki district at the tip of the Nagasaki Peninsula. The slightly elevated park offers a great view of the beautiful ocean surrounding Nomozaki and the island of Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima, or 'Battleship Island'), amid the splendor of around 10 million daffodils in full bloom. The scent of the daffodils, which is carried on the salty sea breeze, has been chosen as one of the "100 Scents of Japan" by the Ministry of the Environment. The festival is a feast for the eyes and the nose!
Nagasaki Lantern FestivalBegun as a celebration of the Chinese New Year primarily by the Chinese merchants resident in Nagasaki, the Lantern festival has become a staple winter event in the city, and the largest of its kind in all of Japan.
Over 15,000 colorful lanterns and large art objects adorn the entire city; from Chinatown and Minato Park, to Chuo Park, Meganebashi (Spectacles Bridge), Kanko-dori Arcade in Hamanomachi, and many other locations throughout the city.
Throughout the event period, colorful attractions such as Chinese circus performances and dragon dancing are held around the clock at various locations and stages around the city.
Mount Inasa Azalea FestivalA viewing location for one of the recently-selected three most beautiful night spots in the world, the ever-popular Mt. Inasa is filled with visitors even during the daytime. The blooming season for the 80,000 beautiful azalea means that folk-song and karaoke competitions, band performances, kite-flying competitions, and various other seasonal events will be held here during this period.
Nagasaki Tall Ships FestivalSailing ships large and small flock to Japan's only tall ship event, held in the port town of Nagasaki.
The festival includes events centred around the ships including sail drills, tours of the ships, and cruises around the Port of Nagasaki, as well as hands-on classes such as canoeing, yachting and rope-tying.
Along with illuminations, there will be fireworks on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period.
There will be many more events and souvenir vendors available on site as well.
Nagasaki Peace Memorial CeremonyThe Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th every year in memory of the victims of the second atomic bomb, near to the location where the bomb was dropped in the Matsuyama neighbourhood. The ceremony also helps to spread the prayer for everlasting world peace.
The ceremony is attended by family members of the victims along with many other Nagasaki citizens. The Peace Declaration made by the Mayor of Nagasaki City delivers Nagasaki's wish for the establishment of lasting world peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons to local government within Japan, and beyond to the leaders of UN countries and to the rest of the world.
Maruyama Hana Festival (Maruyama Women's Festival)Location: Umezono Migawari Tenmangu and surrounding area
This event brings to life the bygone days of Maruyama, formerly one of the three largest geisha districts (hanamachi) in Japan, with traditional dances and a procession of courtesans through the streets. The festival also features an onnamikoshi, a portable shrine carried strictly by women only.
Sotome Museum of History and FolkloreThis museum features two floors of exhibits that showcase the rich and unique history of Sotome. From tools and machines used in olden Japan to artifacts collected from the Hidden Christian era, the Sotome Museum of History and Folklore is a record of the development of society, cultural exchange, and tragedy of the Christian persecution in Japan. English brochures are available for the first floor exhibits on tools and machinery and although none are for the second floor hidden Christian artifacts, it is worth a look for visitors interested in the Christian heritage of Nagasaki. You can listen to a recording of orasho (prayers by hidden Christians passed down through the generations) on the second floor.
Nagasaki "Otakusa" Hydrangea FestivalThe German physician based at the Dutch trading post on Dejima, Philipp Franz von Siebold, loved hydrangeas. He met and fell in love with Kusumoto Taki here, and they had a daughter, Ine, but Siebold was ultimately deported and separated from his beloved wife and daughter.
Upon his return to his native land, he named the hydrangea he brought back from Japan "Otakusa" (a nickname for his wife) and introduced it to the rest of Europe. He would finally be reunited with them 30 years later upon his final voyage to Japan.
The hydrangea serves as a symbol of the dramatic love story of two individuals. Please enjoy this event dedicated to this perennial bloom as you stroll through the landmarks of their memory.
Approximately 5,000 hydrangea will be in bloom throughout the city during the festival period at locations including the Siebold Memorial Museum, Nakashimagawa Park, Dejima, and Glover Garden.
Visitors can enjoy Japanese green tea with Japanese sweets among the hydrangea flowers in the picturesque grounds of Koufukuji Temple.
Urakami CathedralUrakami Cathedral, located 500 meters north of the hypocenter. It was once renowned for being the largest Roman Catholic church in the East but was completely demolished by the nuclear blast. Now you can see the headless statues of the saints, the bell tower that was blown off by the atomic bomb and a wooden figure of the Virgin Mary which miraculously survived the heat of the nuclear blast.
In 1895, with the assistance of Fr. Pierre Fraineau MEP, the Christian faithful began the construction of Urakami Cathedral on the land o the former village headman, the very place where the custom of trampling on a Christian image (e-bumi), had been enforced as a way to expose hidden Christians.
In 1914, a ceremony was held to bless the church and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. However, just 30 years later, on August 9th, 1945, the church was devastated by the atomic bomb. Nevertheless, on Christmas Eve that year, the survivors rang the church bell that they dug out of the ruins, and went on to rebuilt the church.
The new reinforced concrete building was completed in 1959, and an outer layer of bricks was added in 1980.
In 1962, meanwhile, the new Urakami church replaced Oura Catholic Church as the Cathedral of the Nagasaki Archdiocese.
The following monuments can be seen today in the precincts:
- The Atomic-Bombed Statue of Mary
- The Fallen Bell Tower: The original church had twin bell towers. One was crushed by the atomic explosion, another was blown about 25 meters away by the blast. It is preserved as National Important Asset at the original site.
- Headless Statues of Saints: Stone statues that were exposed to the atomic bombing.
- The Monument of Faith: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Urakami Yonban Kuzure (the fourth collapse of the Christian community of Urakami resulting from the government's drastic policy of oppression and expulsion.)
The Spirit Boat Procession / ShourounagashiThe Spirit Boat Procession of Nagasaki is Japan's most-recognized traditional ceremony held for O-Bon, the festival honoring the spirits of ancestors. The distinctive feature of Nagasaki's O-Bon Festival is the lively parade of spirit boats which winds through the city, accompanied by a cacophony of firecrackers, as families send off the souls of the departed in colorful fashion, late into the night. Families often decorate the boats with designs reflecting their relative's hobbies and tastes, and the detailed design of the boats is a matter of pride for Nagasaki people. The scenes of the procession have even made appearances in songs and movies. (Movie links)
KofukujiKofukuji is the oldest Chinese Obaku Zen temple in Japan. It traces its humble origins to a small hermitage built in 1620 to pray for the safety of sea voyages, frequent between China and Nagasaki at the time. The temple stands out along teramachi-dori (temple street) due to its impressive red gate. Many important Zen masters have stayed at this temple, including the founder of Obaku Zen Buddhism Ingen, Mokusu Nyojo who built the nearby megane-bashi (spectacles bridge), and Itsunen who introduced a new style of Chinese painting to Japan.
Kofukuji’s significance in Japan’s Buddhist history is greatly treasured and protected by Nagasaki Prefecture. Many relics on the temple grounds have been deemed cultural assets of the prefecture and city. The temple itself is an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Visitors can taste Buddhist Vegetarian cuisine here, or enjoy Japanese green tea and sweets in the tea house next to the garden.
Kofukuji, together with Sofukuji, Shofukuji and Fukusaiji comprise the “four fortune temples of Nagasaki” (長崎四福寺).
Nagasaki Prefectural Art MuseumNagasaki Prefectural Art Museum was designed by the world-famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Bisected by a canal, the building features a green rooftop garden from which a panoramic view of the Nagasaki Port and the lush greenery of the Seaside Park can be enjoyed. This one-of-a-kind design has received many prizes in building and illumination design competitions including the Marble Architecture Award 2005 (Italy). The main gallery exhibits attractive collections including the largest collection of Spanish artwork in the East, as well as works related to Nagasaki. Facilities include the Museum Shop, offering well-designed original goods and gifts, and the Cafe, which offers an amazing view high above the canal. The museum holds workshops, concerts and many other community events.Admission is free, excluding the Galleries.