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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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109 Consulate Chyoo temple
110 Titia and Johannes in Japan
111 The figurehead of De Liefde
112 Fabius’ swords
113 Street on Deshima
114 Fabius’ swords
115 Taking a walk in Edo
116 Deshima guards
117 Japanese advertisement ‘Nederlands’ medicine
118 Prince Fizen aboard the Gedeh
119 Pompe van Meerdervoort
120 Dirk de Graeff van Polsbroek (1813-1916)
121 Japanese mission in carriages
122 Japanese ambassadors
123 Japanese delegation at garden party
124 Blomhoff, Titia and Johannes
125 Japanese mission in Hotel Bellevue
126 Jan Cock Blomhoff with a Javanese servant
127 Shimonoseki fleet
128 Steamship
129 The Russian envoy
130 Procession on its way to the Shogun’s court [ Blog ]
131 The bridge to Edo
132 Shimonoseki
133 The trading post on Hirado
134 Nippon – cover page

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