Turtle Shrine in Nagasaki

Turtle Shrine in Nagasaki

My girlfriend and I visited Nagasaki a few weekends ago. I stumbled upon this very unusual place. It has a Buddhist like statue standing n the back of a huge turtle which is a museum of sorts with some old Chinese furniture in it and some bones of atomic bomb victims. There was a crazy old Japanese woman there who whisked my girlfriend and I around and spoke broken English to explain the exhibits. Even though my gf is Japanese, she spoke English because she prefers it to her native language.

(photos taken on my vintage TLR and developed myself.)

A huge pendulum hangs from the head of the statue standing on top of the turtle temple in the previous photo. In the basement of the building the Earth’s rotation makes it swing and knock over metal rods as the day moves on.

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