Nagasaki Part 1: April 1, 2006

(Updated: May 24, 2013 with high resolution photos)

Introduction (courtesy of www.japan-guide.com)

Nagasaki Chinatown, also known as Shinchimachi, is Japan's oldest chinatown, established as early as the 17th century, due to the fact that Nagasaki's port remained the country's only major port opened to Chinese trade during the era of isolation.

Over the centuries, Shinchimachi's residents have given the city of Nagasaki a Chinese touch not seen in any other of Japan's major cities.

Today, Nagasaki's chinatown is well known for its many restaurants, specialized in champon, the famous local noodle dish and other Chinese or Chinese influenced dishes.

Nagasaki's Chinatown, the 3rd and last one in Japan. I can't believe that I have visited every Chinatown in Japan. They are all so clean and full of restaurants but very few "real Chinatown" shops like dirty vegetable shops and medicine shops.

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The famous foods of Nagasaki:

Chanpon (I did not try this, because it doesn't look that favourful to me):

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Saraudon (The "crispy" noodles are NOT fried, but are DRY noodles which sauce poured over...you can imagine how disappointed I was with this). Good thing I only order the mini size to try...

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The place where I tried it, "Since 1946", I my opinion, its an average dish, not good enough for it to be "famous"

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Very old Chinese district, presently, I don't think any Chinese people live here anymore.

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Lastly, Moon Cakes, Nagasaki-style, in Japan moon cakes are sold year round!

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3 comments:

kinkinsoba said...

The streets are too clean to be a chinatown. What's that pink stuff in those dishes? How does the mooncake taste?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't qualify as Chinatown when there isn't any dirty grocery and medicine stores, lol. Nice pictures, their Chinatown certainly has a more traditional feel to it.

DaYvid

Anonymous said...

It doesn't qualify as Chinatown when there isn't any dirty grocery and medicine stores, lol. Nice pictures, their Chinatown certainly has a more traditional feel to it.

DaYvid