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The Netherlands - Japan

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The Netherlands – Japan
A collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Diet Library

In 1609, nine years after the Dutch had first set foot on Japanese soil, the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (the Dutch East India Company) entered into trading relations with this distant and unknown country. After some time, Dutch merchants and their followers were allowed to establish themselves on the small island of Deshima in the bay of Nagasaki. The Dutch flag was to fly there for more than two hundred and fifty years. For almost the whole duration, the Dutch were the only Europeans given permission to live in the country.


They lost this exceptional position in the middle of the nineteenth century, when Japan was forced to open its borders. After the Meiji Restoration, Japanese-Dutch relations had a different purport and substance.

In 2009, the two countries celebrate the 400th anniversary of their relationship. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) and the National Diet Library of Japan have devoted part of their websites to their unique common history.

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073 Guns at Shimonoseki
074 Akamatsu Daisaburo
075 Enomoto Takeaki
076 Furukawa Shohatsue
077 Hida Hamagoro
078 Taguchi Shiumpei
079 Ueda Tarakichi
080 Ouno Jasaburo
081 Sawa Tarouzaemon
082 Kaiyo-maru
083 Booklet on sake
084 William II
085 The court dress of a well-to-do Japanese
086 Representation of eyes
087 Sonogi
088 Japanese town houses
089 Merchants and countrymen
090 Mogami Tokunai
091 The Shogun’s spouse
092 The Shogun
093 Practicing with swords
094 Trade pass 1609 [ Blog ]
095 Cassowary
096 Cock Blomhoff’s small wooden cabinet
097 Trade pass 1617
098 Picnic set
099 Asian and Western medicine
100 Sake bottle
101 Party at the Opperhoofd
102 Norimono
103 Persian horse
104 Persian horse
105 Full model of De Liefde
106 De Liefde at Annobon
107 Titsingh in China
108 Steam engineering factory

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