The Netherlands - Japan 1

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.

The Memory / Collections / The Netherlands - Japan

001 White-headed munia, nun
002 Dog
003 Small dove
004 Writing materials
005 Table clock
006 Colorful bird
007 Helmeted guinea fowl
008 Cloth samples
009 Philipp Franz von Siebold [ Blog ]
010 A ceremonious audience
011 Letter from William II to the Shogun
012 Letter from the Shogun to William II
013 Nagasaki Governor’s letter to the Opperhoofd
014 Pass for the journey to the court
015 Dictionary - daimyo of Nakatsu
016 Procession journey to the court [ Blog ]
017 Nagasakiya
018 Kabuki performance
019 Unknown Japanese
020 Nakajima Kenkichi
021 Japanese porcelain from Delft
022 Map of Japan
023 Procession journey to the court [ Blog ] [ Blog ]
024 Audience with the Shogun
025 Samurai
026 Courtesan
027 Japanese delegation
028 Dromedaries
029 Confrontation with the Jesuits
030 Japanese women
031 Scroll painting journey to the court
032 E-fumi
033 Bay of Nagasaki with frigates
034 Dutch official with Javanese servant
035 William Adams’ adventures
036 Mechanical toys performance

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