Showing posts with label sasebo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sasebo. Show all posts

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Miura Catholic Church Sasebo


Miura Catholic Church is located on a hillside overlooking the port and train station of Sasebo in Nagasaki.

The parish was established in 1897 and the church was built in 1931. It is said to be in Gothic style and was built using reinforced concrete. In any other part of Japan it might be confused with a wedding "chapel" which are often also built in a simplified Gothic form, but in Nagasaki there are a lot of genuine Christian churches.

During the war it was painted black to stop it being an easy landmark for American bombers aiming for Sasebo.

The previous post was on Arcus Sasebo, seen below with the church in reflection.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Arcus Sasebo


Arcus Sasebo is a large, new cultural and exhibition centre with several stages and a large auditorium.

It is located close to the station and the port in the renovated downtown area of Sasebo.

It opened in 2000 and was designed by AXS Satow.

A little earlier on my trek around Kyushu I visited another structure by AXS Satow, the Saga Space & Science Museum, and I can detect some stylistic similarities.

Actually I had a bit of trouble finding info on the building because even though its proper name is Arcus, it is most often written as Arkas, which is how the Japanese version of Arcus, Arukasu, is translated back to roman alphabet.

I got to Sasebo late on my 65th day walking around Kyushu and was to spend 3 nights here as a convenient location to get to a cluster of temples in the surrounding area.

The previous post in the series was on the Saikai Bridges...

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Saikai Bridge


The Saikai Bridge crosses the narrow Hario Strait which connects Omura Bay with the ocean. When built in 1955 it was the largest arch bridge in East Asia, and the 3rd largest in the world.

At its narrowest point of only 200 meters, the Hario Strait is known for the whirlpools and rapid tides that occur especially during the Spring and Autumn. Omura Bay also has another strait but it is much longer and narrower and looks like a river.

Shin Saikai Bridge, finished in 2006, crosses the strait nearby and carries a newer road. It is a Half-Through Arch Bridge with a total length of 520 meters.

The Saikai Bridge has a length of 316 meters and the roadway is 43 meters above the sea.

Between the two bridges is a park with 1,000 cherry trees that is very popular during the Spring Whirlpool Festival.

At first, I thought these were three chimneys, but it turns out they are radio transmission towers. The three 136-meter-high towers are laid out in an equilateral triangle with a side of 300 meters. They were completed in 1923 and the signal to the Imperial Navy to start the attack on Pearl Harbor came from these towers.

Also visible in the distance are the higher buildings of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

The previous post in this series on day 65 of my walk around Kyushu was of the precursor to Huis Ten Bosch, the Nagasaki Holland Village.