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February 10, 2012

Glover Garden, Nagasaki: Period Costumes & Pork Buns

Two weekends ago our great friends from Australia were visiting us in Fukuoka after their month-long Japan holiday. We were more than happy to see them, even though both Kam and I were really busy with work. Luckily for us all, their visit coincided with the Nagasaki Lantern Festival, so on the weekend we all boarded the train to spend Saturday in Nagasaki!
As is becoming a little tradition, we had kakuni manju (Nagasaki-style pork belly steam buns) at the train station upon arrival, before we set off for our day trip.

Walking through the seaside park was great, with the sun showing itself despite the recent wintery weather.

We then walked up to Glover Gardens, stopping along the way to buy a new friend- "Manju-chan"! Emily, Lou & I all succumbed to this cute plush pork-bun's charms, and our respective boyfriends all bought us one to take home. 

Jase had black sesame ice-cream for the first time (he liked it, but not as much as maccha green tea flavour) and I'm fairly sure that Em's was cream-soda flavoured.

We then made our way to Glover Gardens - a collection of Japan's oldest Western style houses, and former residence of Thomas Glover. It was the second time to visit, for Kam & I, but we thought it was a good spot to kill some time before the night's festivities, and to share with our friends.

As soon as we got the chance, Em, Lou & I snuck off to the Period Costume rental area and re-emerged 10 minutes later to meet the guys, dressed like this...

I don't know if there is any word to describe the 30mins in the costumes other than whimsical. Walking around the grounds in such pretty dresses, I couldn't stop smiling.

We also visited the famous heart-shaped stone outside Thomas Glover's house.

And that concluded the first half of our day in Nagasaki. Part II: The Lantern Festival, coming soon.

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