20Sep 2011 tomocchi

Make friends with people from all over the world!


An English-language area has been completed at Huis Ten Bosch, called “English Square.”

A part of it was open to the public in March this year, but the new facilities have now taken it to the next level entirely!


The highlight is, of course, the Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, which uses English as its official language.



It’s a hotel built around the concept of “a foreign country withinJapan,” where hotel signs and conversations with staff all use English, and forty percent of the staff are non-Japanese.


Then there is the new themed facility, “TOMODACHI Factory,” where you can familiarise yourself with English whilst enjoying the attractions.




Here you can, at first, purchase tickets in a set of 6 or 11. Hand over a ticket at each attraction and enjoy!


The attractions include…


“Little Market”



Try shopping in English! Tell the shop assistants what you want from among the items on display.


Next…are some people who are in costume for some reason…



This is the TOMODACHI Actors corner.


Here you can enjoy English conversations with actors dressed up as, left to right, a doctor, an explorer and a school teacher.




Don’t worry if you can’t speak English well.

What’s important is familiarising yourself with English.


There’s also “Basketball Coaching,” where you can get used to English while being taught how to play basketball.




The coach is a former senior member of an Olympic team!

With him you can learn real English and pro-basketball at the same time!


There are many people out there who might feel a little nervous when they think about being forced to speak English, but experiencing genuine English through play and communication is very important.


Come and enjoy the atmosphere and language of a foreign country as if you’re really there, at Huis Ten Bosch.





Venue: Huis Ten Bosch Free Zone

Opening Hours:10:00 – 20:00


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Chirin Chirin Ice-cream

05Sep 2011 tomocchi

When it’s hot, what you want to eat is ice-cream!

Speaking of ice-cream in Nagasaki, there’s chirin chirin ice-cream!


Chirin chirin ice-cream is sold at various tourist spots and other such places within the city, and this time I’ve come toSpectaclesBridge.




Both adults and children love the refreshing, sorbet-like taste.




When I was in elementary school, I really looked forward to the chirin chirin ice-cream cart coming and being bought an ice-cream.


The name “chirin chirin ice-cream” comes from the chirin chirin (ting-a-ling) of the bell that would sound when it was being sold. The bell has a pleasant tone that somehow lures you out!




Skilled hands dish up the ice-cream into a cone.




The beautiful rose-like ice-cream is complete!


Chirin chirin ice-cream, 100 yen.




It didn’t look this fancy when I was little…


I heard that they started to make this rose-shaped ice-cream about 3-4 years ago, not because they thought to themselves “Let’s make a rose!” but because there were many children who dropped their ice-cream, and when they pushed down the ice-cream more firmly it made the shape of a rose.


There were definitely kids who, ecstatic at being bought an ice-cream, would try to race home and soon dropped it.


Incidentally, the people working atSpectaclesBridgeare known to have the highest skill in making beautiful rose ice-cream!


However, they’re not there everyday, so if you come across a sky-blue parasol atSpectaclesBridge, go ahead and request your ice-cream “shaped like a rose.”





【Chirin chirin ice-cream】

Address: Uonomachi,Nagasakicity, (nearSpectaclesBridge)

Business Hours:09:00-17:00

Holidays: Irregular (except when it’s raining)

Chirin chirin ice-cream, 100 yen.



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Spectacles Bridge Heart Stone

25Aug 2011 tomocchi

The heart stone at Glover Garden in Nagasaki City:



“If you touch this stone & make a wish your love will come true”


…or so it is often said, a rumor that leads many to search for the heart stone when they visitGloverGarden.



In fact I myself was one of those who looked for the stone. I got really excited when I finally found it!



I’m one of those people who totally believes in these things.


Actually, there is another heart stone at a different famous tourist site in Nagasaki City……


Spectacles Bridge!!




You can see it from the above stairs.


See if you can find it.




Level One:


If you can find it in this picture you’ll definitely do well with matters romantic.




Level Two:


Maybe it’s a bit easier to find in this one.




Level Three:


If you can’t find it now you would loose all hope of ever successfully dating anyone…



You should go find it in real life though! Good luck!



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Free Shimabara Shuttle Bus

01Aug 2011 tomocchi

The popular television show Himitsu no Kenmin Show featured a local dish from Shimabara called Rokubei.


As a result demand for Rokubei has greatly increased, even among the locals!

I daresay this has been good publicity for Shimabara.

Luckily we just happen to run a free shuttle bus around Shimabara City for visiting tourists.



The bus starts at Shimabara Port and goes by all the main locations in the city.

Carp Stream:


The Shimabara Castle Gamadasu Squad greets visitors outside the Shimabara Castle:


Near the castle is a street of old samurai houses that retain the atmosphere of times past:


For you history buffs out there I recommend the temple Honkoji:


On the temple grounds is the Joban History Musuem which contains a great many artifacts and documents to do with Matsudaira Fukamizo the Daimyo for Shimabara-han. In particular, I found the oldest Korean-made world map very interesting, although they only have a replica on display as the original must be preserved. Overall the museum has a great many interesting pieces for its size. What’s more, the main hall of the temple has a statue of Kannon of which it is said that members of the Akechi family rescued from the temple complex Hieizan when it was destroyed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. If you go through the museum you can also see the statue, so be sure to ask to see it.


The free shuttle bus I mentioned earlier also visits the Heisei Shinzan Nature Center, the Mizunashi Honzin Rest Stop & Shopping Center, and the Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall. There are five buses per day.


The shuttle bus is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket to be able to use the bus.


The tickets are available free of charge at the Shimabara Tourism Association, Shimabara Castle, Tourism Guide Otemonban, and the Mizunashi Honzin Rest Stop & Shopping Center, among other locations in the city.


There is also currently a special deal for the ferry between Kumamoto and Shimabara, so residents of Kumamoto are encouraged to visit the Shimabara Penninsula now while the special price lasts.


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[Free Shimabara Shuttle Bus]
Questions: Shimabara Tourism & Geo-park Group

Tel: 0957-63-1111

Tickets Locations: Shimabara Tourism Association, Tourism Guide Otemonban,ShimabaraCastle, Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, Mizunashi Honzin Rest Stop & Shopping Center, Hotels & Inns in Shimabara Center.