In two thousand and ten during a little break from work I went to visit Nagasaki Japan, the sight of the second atom bomb of World War II. I had arrived in the evening and only had about twelve hours before I had to go back to work, so armed with a camera I decided this would be a great time to practice night photography. I found a tourist information center, got me a map of historical sites and off I went. The evening was nice and warm, with the night scene being superb I wandered up and down streets. After visiting the southern part of Nagasaki City I decided to make my way up to the atomic bomb site. On my way I came to a monument dedicated to victims crucified during the Edo Period. I decided to take a break here and try some pictures. As I was taking pictures another man had come and was sitting on the bench, he was dressed in priest’s grabs so I went over to talk to him. We sat a talk for nearly an hour and then I turned to grab my notebook from my ruck, when I turned back around he was gone. I looked over the edge because the monument was situated on a steep hill and seen no one moving on the street below. This shook me up a bit but then again he was a priest and if he was a ghost maybe it was a blessing for me to have meet him. So I accepted the fact that maybe because of the history of brutality Nagasaki had seen in its history there must be many ghost roaming the streets.
Nearing three in the morning I set off for Urakami Cathedral and Peace Park. Because these two sites are near to one another I decided to go to the park first, here I happened upon other statues besides Peace Statue that were not mentioned in any tourist pamphlets I had seen before. Because the lighting was soft it gave these statues a magical glow and so I decided to use both of my cameras and capture the scene. With one statues I got another surprise, taking a picture with two camera one mounted on a tripod and holding one I took the same shot at the same distance and time. One camera’s picture came out clear while the other showed a veil of mist passing in front of the statue. This photo I continually go back to and wonder what the mist is, if it is a ghost then who were they in their past life and when, during which era of Nagasaki’s bloody past did they die.
Now having two experiences of possible encounters with ghost I decided I need some time to think it over logically so I went to a nearby vending machine a bought a hot can of cocoa. About this time I heard church bells ringing so I decide I would go and see the Cathedral, it had been nearly three years since I had been to mass. Entering the Cathedral I was taken in by its solemn beauty, so as not to disturb anyone I sat in the back pew. As I was sitting there a young man and woman came in a sat next to me. During the extent of the mass I had notice tears running down their faces but joy in their eyes as they gazed at the priest. I thought maybe they were family, that was the only reason I could think of. As mass finished I exited the Cathedral first but something stirred me to wait and watch the mass goers leave. Soon everyone had left except I did not see the couple exit, so I reentered but they were not there either. When I exited the second time one of the parishioners asked me if I lost something, I told him no and then told him my experience in the church. He smiled and told me they have been coming to the six am mass since the church was reopened after the war. At that point I came to understand that even now the ghosts of Nagasaki wish for peace and to sit among us.