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On 19 April 1600 the vessel De Liefde was the first, and as turned out later the only one, of a fleet of five ships to reach Japan. The ships had left Rotterdam on 27 June 1596 for a journey to Asia, via Cape Horn. The arrival of De Liefde in Japan marked the beginnings of 400 years of bilateral Japanese-Dutch relations, a centenary which is actively commemorated this year.

On the island of Dejima, near Nagasaki, the Dutch set up a trading post which was the only Japanese connection with the Western world from 1641 to 1859.

The week of 19 to 24 April is Holland week in Japan. Besides HRH crown prince Willem Alexander, a Dutch navy squadron and the Nederlands Dans Theater will be present, among others. On Dutch television Teleac (adult education on television) payed attention to the centenary.


Last modified: 7 December 2001   Golden oldies
Editor: Bert Zeeman