Sumptuous breakfast buffet from the hotel and chatted with a very friendly old lady who was puzzled with the way Sushi and I was talking cos it was in a mixture of Japanese, Mandarin and English. She was wondering which country were we from.
Alas, it was raining cats and dogs that morning so we decided to take a taxi to the port for our Gunkanjima Cruise. We called in advance to check if the cruise would still be ongoing, they say yes even though it was raining heavily.
Island (端島 or Hashima), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island), is one among 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Nagasaki itself.
The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005
Our guide said that we were lucky to be able to land on the shores that day as the island is closed up to almost 50% of the time during the year due to rough weather or strong winds. The island had been closed from landing for the past 54 days from the aftermaths of the July typhoon which hit Kyushu.
The island is increasingly gaining international attention not only generally for its modern regional heritage, but also for the undisturbed housing complex remnants representative of the period from the Taishō period to the Shōwa period. It has become the frequent subject of discussion among enthusiasts for ruins.
Dejima was a man made island in the port of Nagasaki, constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control their missionary activities. A few years later, the Portuguese were expelled from Japan, and a Dutch trading factory, formerly located in Hirado, was moved to Dejima. The Dutch workers, the only remaining Westerners allowed in the country, were restricted to Dejima during Japan’s two centuries of isolation.
First experience with the mid-price range budget airline, Starflyer, in Japan. It wasn’t too bad and they do provide drink service too.