Princess Fortunes at Fuchi Shrine

22Jan 2013 tomocchi

Here at Fuchi Shrine, home of the Mt. Inasa Ropeway station, the ‘o-mikuji’, or paper fortunes, are proving very popular! ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ


Fuchi Shrine



These o-mikuji are particularly popular with ladies visiting the shrine…
They are “Princess Fortunes”! In Japanese, they are called hime-mikuji.



They are designed to look like colourfully-printed kimonos (*^▽^*)

The fortune is folded, and when you open it…
it’s sooooo long!!



Let’s read from the top:
My fortune is… suekichi. This means “future blessing”, but it’s not the best result.

Hmm…(; ̄ー ̄A



But underneath that is written “your princess rating”!!
I got 70%!!!


Even though my fortune was only suekichi, my princess rating is 70% – I think that’s pretty good, after all, don’t you?!



Next is written my fortune for various aspects of my life over the coming year. This is also ‘princessified’!

“Your princess life starts here”, it says ( ´艸`)



We’ve seen the “job-hunting life” and the “marriage-hunting life” – now the in-thing is going to be the “princess life”!!



Personally, the “word of advice” section really hit home (/□≦、)

It talks about having the confidence to be yourself and not to act so soft-hearted all the time.

You can also find out your lucky colour, number and object.



Many women visit shrines and buy charms called “fukumamori”, but now the popularity of these Princess Fortunes is increasing too. ♪



Buying a charm, drawing out a paper fortune, and then riding the ropeway to the top of Mt. Inasa to see the view which was voted into the new Top 3 Night Views in the World – what better way could there be to start your Princess Life? (*^m^*)






【Fuchi Shrine】

Address: 8-1 Fuchimachi, Nagasaki City
Offering for o-mikuji:¥100
Available from 9:00 to 17:00


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Huis ten Bosch – The Kingdom of Light

26Dec 2012 tomocchi

Every year the winter illuminations at Huis ten Bosch are brilliant,

but this year they have turned the splendour up to a whole new level! (*゚ロ゚ノ)ノ



10,000,000 lightbulbs make up these world-beating illuminations:

Huis ten Bosch’s Hikari no Oukoku (Kingdom of Light). Hikari means ‘light’ in Japanese.

This truly is an unmissable sight!



There are various illumination spots around the park,

but today I am going to introduce the main attraction, the ‘Art Garden’.

In the Art Garden alone there are some 6,500,000 lights!



A new addition this year is the ‘Blue Wave of Lights’.

Across the vast area of the garden, in time with the music, the lights become like a billowing wave.



You will think for a moment that the lights have disappeared…



And then, softly at first, the wave will begin…



The sea of lights undulates faster and faster in time with the music.
It’s a beautiful scene w(*゚o゚*)w



The lights change colour too, creating a new atmosphere each time.




I could go on taking photographs forever!! (;^_^A

Take a stroll through the Art Garden, and if you get tired, stop for a rest at the  Hikari Café & Bar. 



From here you can enjoy the changing colours of the Art Garden at leisure over a drink ♪



I also recommend a ride on the glittering ferris wheel for a view of the garden from above ☆


Huis ten Bosch – Kingdom of Light.
I don’t want to leave! And if I really have to… well I want to come back again and again ! I can’t get enough of these beautiful lights! 



The display is so overwhelming you will even forget the cold! (*^^*)






【Huis ten Bosch – Kingdom of Lights】

Address: 1-1 Huis ten Bosch Machi,Sasebo City

Dates: open until Sunday 10th March 2013
Enquiries: HTB General Information Hotline

Tel: 0570-064-110



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This Just In: Nagasaki City Chosen as One of the New Top 3 Night Views in the World!

07Dec 2012 tomocchi

Recently a banner was displayed proudly on the Nagasaki Prefectural Government building.

It read “The Top 3 Night Views in the World – The Verdict”. Nagasaki had been chosen! \(^▽^)/




Here is the view at night from Minami-Yamate, near to Oura Cathedral.



A stroll from Oura Cathedral, through the historical buildings of the former foreign settlement, lit up for the festive season, is our recommendation for a fairytale evening.  v(‘▽^*)


The night view from Mt. Nabekanmuri (south of Glover Garden)



On days when a cruise ship like the Diamond Princess leaves the port, the harmony of the twinkling lights of the town and the sparkle of the ship as she sails out towards the ocean can be enjoyed from up here(*´∇`*)




And here is the night view from Mt. Inasa!!



The walkway from the Inasa-Dake Ropeway station up to the viewpoint has even been transformed into a tunnel of lights!


It’s getting colder, and winter is coming, but in the clear, crisp air of winter, the pretty lights seem to gleam even more brightly.


Wrap up warm so as not catch a cold, and come outside to enjoy the glittering lights of Nagasaki City♪




★ Model excursion: ‘The 10 Million Dollar View Tour’


★ Website for Nagasaki’s Night View



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Nagasaki’s Battleship Island in… Skyfall!

26Nov 2012 tomocchi

Skyfall, the latest installment in one of the longest-running film series in cinema history, the world-famous James Bond movies, is released in Japan on December 1st.

One very special guest star has just been announced: Nagasaki’s very own Hashima, commonly known as Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island.\(^▽^)/




Hashima (a.k.a Gunkanjima, Battleship Island)



These days it is possible to land on and explore part of the island,

thanks to the hugely popular Gunkanjima Cruises,

but just in case anybody is unsure, let me explain a little…



Coal was discovered under Hashima at the end of the Edo Period

and in 1890, mining began.


At the same time as the opening of the mine,

construction began on housing for the workers.

Reinforced concrete high-rise buildings sprung up one after the other.




The island, with its encircling wall

and lines of concrete tower blocks

is said to look like the battleship Tosa,

hence its nickname, Gunkanjima,

which means ‘BattleshipIsland’ in Japanese.



By 1960, around 5,300 people lived on the tiny island,

reaching a population density nine times that of Tokyo.



However, with the end of the age of coal,

the mine was closed.

In 1974, Hashima became a deserted island.



Hashima appears in Skyfall as

“DeadCity”, an abandoned island off the coast of Macau,

and the lair of James Bond’s latest adversary, a former MI6 agent.

A panoramic view of the whole island can be seen

as Bond races towards Dead City on a cruiser,

and the island’s unique scenery was used as a model

for the construction of studio sets for exterior shots of Dead City.



Wow! How cool is that?!! (≧∇≦)



* Skyfall *
*Distributed by: Sony Pictures*
*Released nationwide in Japan Saturday December 1st at TOHO Cinemas and elsewhere*
*Skyfall (c)2012 Danjaq, LLC,
United Artists Corporation,
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
All rights reserved.*


Although much of the island is off-limits, aside from the area open to visitors from Gunkanjima Cruises, movie production staff reportedly came and toured the accessible areas. 


Hashima is quite the location!



I wonder if a scene like this appears in the movie? ♪



The production staff were reportedly very impressed
declaring Hashima to be “Fantastic!” o(゚▽゚o)



Hashima has appeared previously in Japanese movies

as well as in music videos,

but this is the first time it has been used as a set model for a Western movie.

I, for one, cannot wait to see the movie!! ヽ(*^^*)ノ



Gunkanjima Cruises


13Nov 2012 tomocchi

All over the country, mascot characters are working hard ♪



Here in Nagasaki Prefecture, you might encounter Nagasaki City’s Saruku-chan
or Sasebo City’s Burger Boy



Meanwhile, in the northern part of the Goto Archipelago,

in Ojika Town, you can find another cute character ヽ(*^∇^*)ノ



May I present: Chikamaru-kun!

Hello! ☆ Nice to meet you!



What a charming little guy! ♪



What big eyes he has! ( ´艸`)
The sight of a costume wearing a costume is pretty funny too ☆



I’ve been wanting to introduce Chikamaru-kun to you for a while

so that he can become well-known not just in Ojika but far and wide

but I haven’t had a chance to until now. At last!



The name Chikamaru-kun comes from the town name, Ojika,

and the word ‘chikamaru’, which means ‘to come closer’.

Chikamaru-kun wants to bring Ojika and you closer together!




Chikamaru-kun’s design is based on a deer – in Japanese, ‘shika’.

And not just any old deer:

on Nozaki, an uninhabited island off the main Ojika island,

there live wild ‘Kyushu-jika’ deer (Cervus nippon nippon).

Chikamaru-kun is a Kyushu-jika!



A kyushu-jika deer photographed on Nozaki Island.



There are so many deer there that you can easily take a picture like this.



Today, Chikamaru-kun has brought his girlfriend with him ☆
This is Hana-chan, with ribbons in her hair and a necklace of flowers

‘Hana’ means ‘flower’ in Japanese.



Hana-chan and Chikamaru-kun both do their best to liven up Ojika.




◆Today’s bonus photograph◆


I’ve dressed up as Hana-chan! ♪



Wow! It’s more fun than I expected!

No one can see my face, so I can do whatever I want!! Hehe!!

The head is pretty heavy, though. Oof! (≧◇≦)



It’s hard work wearing a mascot costume,

so if you meet a mascot out and about in Nagasaki, please treat them nicely!!♪



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