Sachi's Video

Significant Places in Nagasaki



Comments or Questions
Thanks for sharing that wonderful video with me! I am surprised to see the beautiful churches in Nagasaki. I didn't know that the Christian church was so old! Is Christianity a very rooted religion in Nagasaki? Also, Chinatown was very beautiful as well-I am Chinese myself =) It was lovely seeing all those bright and festive lanterns! I would love to visit Nagasaki!
-Scott

Thank you for your comment! Christianity is rooted in Nagasaki. In fact, we have more churches than any other prefectures. Over 400 years ago, it was banned in Nagasaki and a lot of Chistians were killed. However, they hid somewhere from government and did not abandon their belief. Now Christianity is accepted and you can see churches and other Christian buildings in Nagasaki. Also Chinatown is really good! You can eat many unique food like Chanpon, Saraudon, and Kakuni. Have you ever eaten this kind of food?
-Sachi


Hi Sachi, thanks for your reply! Wow, that is amazing that Christianity is so rooted in Japan. In my community, we have many diverse religions: Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, and many more. Chinatown seems really amazing! I live very close to San Francisco, so I frequently go to San Francisco Chinatown. In Chinatown, you can buy funny little toys (fireworks, souvenirs), eat authentic food, and have fun. Haha, I have never tried those kinds of food. I will try when I go to a Chinese restaurant soon =]
-Scott

Hi Scott, I am surprised that you have so many religions! Perhaps we also have many kinds of religions but we mainly see Christians nad Buddists in Japan. Most of Japanese are Buddist, so you will not able to see churches everywhere expect in Nagasaki. Hundreds years ago, we got contact with only Holland, Portugal, and Spain and foreigners could come only Nagasaki. Therefore, many foreigners could in only Nagasaki then.As a result, Christianity spread and churches were built mainly in Nagasaki. It sounds good that you also have Chinatown near San Francisco. However, I think you can eat the food I introduced before there because they are special that you can eat in Chinatown in Japan. Do you have any special food in Chinatown close to you? I want to try if you have special food that I have never eaten.
-Sachi



Hello Sachi, I enjoyed watching your video, it was very informative. Like my classmates, I did not know that religion could play such a big part in certain Japanese cities. I really like how there are so many churches, maybe not all of them the same, because I am very religious and am glad there would be a selection of churches to go to if I ever went to Japan. Do you go to Church frequently? Also, the festival you talked about seemed very lively and it looked like a lot of people were there. Sounds fun!
-Kayleigh

Hi Kayleigh, you will be glad to come to Japan. I think you can see many kinds of churches such as bigger one and historical one. I have visited churches many times but I do not go there frequently because I am a Buddist. I sometimes go there because I want to see and take photos of the beautiful and attractive buildings. The festival is also very beautiful especially at night. During lantern festival, many foreigners come to see it. Have you ever joined the festival like this? I recommend you to come and enjoy lantern festival!
-Sachi


Hi Sachi, your hometown seems to have a long history with foreign influences. I'm not very religious but it was nice to see the religious influence foreigners have had. Are you very religious? You seems to know a lot about Nagasaki and its religious background, do you study it at school? I was intoroduced to Sara-udon in another student's sideshow, it sounds delicious. Do you have a favorite food at Chinatown? What's the best treat you suggest to stop by and munch on?
-Claire

Hi Claire. I think a lot about Nagasaki because I was been here since I was born. I also know Nagasaki's religious history but it is not because I am religious. Although I am a Buddist, I studied these things because I like visit and take photos of beautiful buildings such as churches. Of course we studied history at school, but I visited countryside personally, too. Do you have any beautiful buildings and places around your city? I think Steamed Pork with Brown Sauce and Chinese Bread, which is called Kakuni Manju in Japanese. Have you ever eaten that? In contrast, if you do not like seafood, you had better avoid eating Saraudon because it contains the octopus, the shrimp, and many other sea food.
-Sachi


Sachi, well thanks for the heads-up about the saraudon, I had no idea. I don't think I've had Kakuni manju before, but I may have had something similar to it. As for beautiful buildings/churches, there is a college campus not far from here that has some old churches; the college is called Santa Clara University. I also like visiting places and taking photos, though I think I like taking pictures of landscapes and animals more than buildings, unless the building happens to be very peculiar.
-Claire

Wow! That was so interesting! I had no idea Christianity played such a large role in your city. Is Nagasaki mostly Christian? I didn't know that certain places in Japan were rooted in the religion. I think that it's amazing that in Nagasaki there are churches in natural settings. Where I live in California, most places of worship are in the city, surrounded by other buildings. The festival looked very interesting as well! Do you know why they choose the colors red and yellow? Does it symbolize anything? Thanks so much for sharing your hometown with me!
-Shahriyar

Hi, Shahriyar. Thank you for watching my video and giving comments. Although we have many churches in Nagasaki, in fact, most of us are Buddists. The churches I introduced are all surrounded by nature, but some of churches in Japan are also built in the city. We put on many lanterns because it was the Chinese custom before. It is said that they had believed to be able to find a spirit in the sky on New Year's Day. They had lanterns outside in case they lose sight of it in a bad weather at night. And it is said that red and yellow are special colors which lead the good luck. Do you have any legend or something which leads good luck in your country?
-Sachi

Dear Scott, Kayleigh, Claire, and Shahriyar
I am happy I got many comments and you got interested in Nagasaki. I also want to study about your country more. Happy Christmas! - Sachi