The samurai and the merchant

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The day I arrived in Nagasaki the sky was overcast and it rained intermittently throughout the day. My first stop was the temple Sofukuji, then off to Glover House, nearby Chinatown, and finally Dejima, the remains of the only trading port open to Western people during the Edo Era.

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Today, Dejima is kind of like an ongoing Renaissance faire, only with samurai and merchants trying to keep character despite obligatory photos with iTech and digital cameras. The city of Nagasaki has unearthed, restored or rebuilt the original structures (excavation work is ongoing). Inside these buildings are exhibits explaining how trade enriched — or changed — the people and living standards, along with personal anecdotes from texts written during the era. The whole is really entertaining.

inori, used for brewing tea and cooking Inori, used for brewing tea and cooking.

water and ladle drawn from a local well cistern and ladle with water drawn from a local well

Largely vegetarian, Edo era Japanese needed to make concessions for their foreign guests Largely vegetarian, Edo era Japanese needed…

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