More photos from the Nagasaki University's Metadatabase of Japanese Old Photographs... I missed the cherry blossoms by a few weeks, but the little park along the Shakuji River below Otonashibashi Bridge, behind Oji station, is a peaceful little oasis.
In the Meiji period the Shakuji River was a pristine river and Oji was marked with teahouses along the water and a shrine on the top of the hill. These days the shrine is still there, above a water treatment and containment area that controls the amount of water through a picturesque but very much man-made stream. No teahouses, but a few cheap izakaya and other restaurants.
by Felix Beato -
and April 2013 -