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Steamships, Grand Hotels and Port Cities in Southeast Asia!

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So…after two and half years of working on this, it is my pleasure to announce that my new book,  309 more words

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The Belle Vue Hotel, Nagasaki

The grande dame of the Nagasaki hospitality scene was the former Belle Vue Hotel, situated just off the Bund, at the edge of Glover Hill, in the Oura Foreign Settlement. 308 more words

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Teramachi 寺町, or A Pilgrim's Tour of Nagasaki's Temple Quarter

Quite unbeknownst to most visitors, Nagasaki is a historic centre of pilgrimage for Japanese Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.  The city centre is quite literally bursting with temples of all kinds, particularly around the foot of the various hills in the city. 463 more words

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The Chinese in Nagasaki

Nagasaki has the oldest existing Chinese settlement and community in Japan, consisting of Chinese migrants (from primarily the Fujian province) who crossed over in the early 1600s, during the final years of the Ming Dynasty. 625 more words

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Oura - Nagasaki's former Foreign Settlement

In 1858, Japan signed the Harris Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the United States of America.  The Treaty Port Era had begun for the Land of the Rising Sun.   855 more words

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Dejima (出島) - The Portuguese and the Dutch in Nagasaki

Dejima 出島, which literally means “out -” or “exit-island” in Japanese, was an artificial, fan-shaped island reclaimed from Nagasaki bay by order of the Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu 徳川 家光 in 1634, to house those errant Portuguese, whom, ostensibly in the city for trade, embarked upon a systematic and very successful campaign of evangelisation. 716 more words

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The Grand Tour II-12: Long Cape... Nagasaki (長崎)

From the Korean Peninsula, we hop on a ship over to the islands of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun; to the very first treaty port in Japan – and quite likely the oldest colonial port city anywhere in Asia, except for Goa, Malacca and Macao. 1,253 more words

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