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Hit The Nagasaki Pavement

Whirlwind weekend as some friends and I made the beautiful 2-hour drive to Nagasaki to see the Chinese Lantern Festival, the yearly event that lights up the downtown area with lanterns to mark the new year. However, I chose not to concentrate on the festival because I have to admit I wasn’t at my best form as a photographer, in addition to a lack of preparedness for a Saturday night downpour. Instead, I focused on key landmarks, black and white and devoid of people, to give the city a timeless look. This was exactly how I felt about Nagasaki as I walked its laid-back streets, learning about its historical place in Japanese culture, the only major city open to foreign trade when Japan was in its 200-year-long period of isolation.

The black monolith marking the hypocenter of the atomic bomb blast three days after Hiroshima.
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Peace Statue. You can read about the meaning of this pose here.
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Oura Church, recognized as a National Treasure and is said to be the oldest church in Japan.
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