After checking out of the hotel we drove down to Dejima Wharf where there were a few restaurants that sold mainly seafood. We settled on Dejima Asaichi because their posters showed some interesting-looking lunch sets. A2 and I wanted the same set for ¥1000. It consisted of a piece of tofu with soy sauce, what looked like egg custard with a prawn stuck inside, rice topped with a piece of fish and some sort of fritter with a light-coloured sauce. Unfortunately it was sold out and I was...

For dinner we wanted to try shippoku, which is a banquet particular to Nagasaki and takes cues from Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisine. One of the famous shippoku restaurants in Nagasaki is Hamakatsu. All the waitresses were dressed traditionally and there was a choice of Japanese or Western seating. We thought of sitting on the tatami mats, but because of A2’s knee we settled on Western furniture. I didn’t see anyone in the Japanese section. All of us ordered the third cheapest option, which was called Bura-bura shippoku (¥3750)....