My research here in Kyoto revolves around the depiction of foreign birds in Japanese art and part of that has involved looking into the history of international trade with Japan. Nagasaki has been an important link in this research as it was the location of Dejima, a manmade island off the harbour of Nagasaki where Dutch were given exclusive trading rights in the 18th century.
Going to Nagasaki I was interested to see how much of the old trading area still existed and hoped to read more about the history of the Dutch trading presence in Nagasaki.
|Some beautiful karakami 唐紙 block printed wall paper in one of the rooms at the Dejima replica museum|
|Meganebashi 眼鏡橋 The eyeglasses bridge, so called because the reflections cause the bridge to look like glasses|
|Dejima Museum, a reconstruction project still in progress on the original site of the trading post of Dejima Island|
|Thomas Glover certainly knew how to pick a good spot to build his house.|
Anyway, it was great to see new parts of Japan, so very far removed both distance and history-wise from Kyoto. (And to go by bullet train was nice too!) Thanks Kyushu!
|View over Nagasaki by night from the top of Mt Inasa. Pretty speccy!|