Amble into Nagasaki, a beautiful harbor city on the northwestern coast of Kyushu island in Japan. With its backdrop of rolling hills standing guard over the meandering Uragami river, the city has charmed diverse communities and people into calling it home. Close to mainland Asia, foreign traders, merchants, and missionaries have thronged to Nagasaki since the 16th century. The only trading port during national isolation, the city has played a significant role in modernizing Japan. Walk around its busy streets and you’ll see many a trace of foreign influence on the architecture, food, and culture. Dutch colonials buildings stand alongside imposing Catholic Churches. Narrow lantern-lit streets give way to Western-style boulevards, and enticing aromas waft in from local streetside carts just outside fine dining international restaurants – this is where the East meets the West! Infamously bombed during World War II, Nagasaki’s bomb museums, monuments, installations, and memorials, add to the city’s ample character.