Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dejima

Dejima was a man made fan-shaped island in the bay of Nagasaki. During Japan’s two centuries of isolation, the Dutch were the only foreigners allowed to do business with Japan, and Dejima was a Dutch trading post during that time. Dejima was constructed in 1636 and disappeared (by reclaiming the land around it) in the beginning of the 20th century. 
The City of Nagasaki has been trying to restore Dejima since 1951, by buying back privately-owned land, building authentic replicas of former structures and they even plan to dig canals around Dejima to turn it back into an island. It’s an interesting place with lots of references to the Netherlands, Dutch trades, Dutch culture and customs and of course many Dutch flags. I’m on Dutch overload this weekend!

1 comment:

Minke said...

Interessant!! x