Kallie Funk and Judith Stauber cutting up at Nagasaki Ropeway. Courtesy photo
Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum
Already feeling a little nostalgic on Saturday, April 9, our LAHM team worked to make the most out of our last full day in Japan.
We first rode the tram up the famous Nagasaki Ropeway. The line climbs 333m to the top of Mount Inasa, west of Nagasaki. In 2012 the view from Mount Inasa was ranked as one of the top three best night views in the world, alongside Monaco and Hong Kong.
We headed up in the afternoon to see the view in daylight and watched through the transition of sunset into night. We then enjoyed breathtaking ocean views during dinner at Nagasaki Dejima Wharf. Before our flight on Sunday, we visited the one-legged Torii gate at the Sannō Shrine. The shrine is about 800m from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945.
The bomb’s blast knocked down one of the support columns of the Torii gate which lines the walkway, but the other remains standing, turned about 30 degrees on its pedestal base. We then headed to Glover Garden, the former Nagasaki Foreign Settlement which was home to individuals such as Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who moved to Japan in 1863, and Frederick Ringer, a British entrepreneur who moved to Japan in 1864. The Glover Garden includes statues of Madame Butterfly creator Giacomo Puccini and Madame Butterfly actress Tamaki Miura.
Our team then left for Nagasaki Airport to begin our long journey of connecting flights and layovers to get back to Los Alamos, where we look forward to sharing our experiences with the community.
Los Alamos Historical Society team from left, Kallie Funk, Stephanie Yeamans and Judith Stauber at the Mount Inasa Observatory. Courtesy photo
One-legged Torii gate. Courtesy photo
Steep moving walkway at Glover Garden. Courtesy photo