Under Japan's isolationist policy during the Edo period (1603-1867), the port of Nagasaki was the only port in Japan open to western countries and China. Today it's a small yet beautiful port that still has a unique, exotic atmosphere derived from its long, international history. Here, you can see luxury liners, cruise boats and sailing ships from all over the world. In April every year sailing ships from all over the world get together for the "Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival". Their presence is a sight to behold. The port of Nagasaki still prospers as the entrance to Nagasaki, as well as a ferry port to remote islands. Ships being built or repaired at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Self-Defense Force ships can be seen here as well. Sometimes, the view of the port from the top of Inasa mountain just takes your breath away.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.