Nagasaki Meet&Greet

On April 19th a delegation from Nagasaki led by the Honorary Consul General of the Netherlands Mr. Masahide Shimazaki was given a warm spring-time welcome to Leiden.

The delegation began with a visit to Japan Museum where they were met by museum director Kris Schiermeier and Kuniko Forrer. After a tour of the museum and a photo shoot in the garden, the delegation made its way over the sunny Rapenburg to the Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden).

There they strolled through the garden and listened as Hortulana Carla Teune gave a detailed explanation of the many Japanese plants and trees there.

While enjoying a lunch served on board, the delegation made its way by boat (courtesy of the ‘Leidse Rederij’) to the Museum for Volkenkunde and were met by director Stijn Schoonderwoerd and curator Daan Kok. In addition to viewing the permanent collection, the group also stopped to
see the recently opened exhibition ‘Cool Japan’ before continuing on to the depot where they were shown a number of exceptional Japanese prints.

Next stop, again by boat over the canals, was Het Arsenaal where the delegation was welcomed by staff and students of Japanese studies, Alumnikai association ‘Van Hier tot Tokio’, Student association ‘Tanuki’, University of Leiden, Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), City of
Leiden and representatives of corporate Leiden. Alderman for Education, Sports and Sustainability, Paul Dirkse was also present.

Guests were treated to the best herring in the Netherlands courtesy of Atlantic and refreshments compliments of Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

After receiving a special flag from the delegation for use during performances, the Leiden Dance ensemble ‘Japanse Yosokoi’ gave a spectacular performance. Jazz singer Annelies de Bruin and pianist Sophie Anglionin of ‘Just as Jazz’ treated to guests to a delightful closing
performance with their interpretation of Yuki no Hana by singer Mika Nakashima.

The delegation said their farewells and departed for City Hall where they were received by Leiden Mayor Henri Lenferink.

Many thanks to all those who worked together to make this an unforgettable day!

Leidsch Dagblad: Vriendschap Japan-Leiden bezegeld met haring



Meet & Greet Nagasaki

Meet & Greet Nagasaki

Het Arsenaal – Leiden

19 April 2017 15:00 – 17:00

It is with pleasure that I extend to you an invitation to join us at a Meet & Greet with the Nagasaki Dutch Friendship Association on Wednesday, 19 April 2017,

Meet & Greet Nagasaki Dutch Friendship Association

Wednesday,  19 April 2017

15:00 – 17:00 hours (door opens 14:30)

Arsenaalstraat 1, Leiden

You are kindly requested to register for this event no later than Thursday, 13 April 2017. As the number of participants is limited. Click here to register: online form.

The delegation, led by Honorary Consul of the Netherlands Mr. M. Shimazaki will include members of the  Nagasaki Dutch Friendship Association, corporate representation, members of the Press, Nagasaki University and Nagasaki Prefecture.

Organisers of this event are the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation in cooperation with the University of Leiden, Japan Studies, Tanuki (Leiden Association of Students of Japanese & Korean), Leiden Alumni Association: ‘Van hier tot Tokyo’ and  the Japanese dance group: Raiden Yosokoi.

Programme details:

  • Welcome speech(es)
  • Corporate presentations (for details/
  • Meet with friends and counterparts in Nagasaki (Alumni and students will assist in overcoming Language barriers)
  • Performance by Dance Group Raiden Yosokoi
  • Refreshments

During their one-day visit to Leiden, the Nagasaki Dutch Friendship Association will enjoy a varied programme including visits to Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Hortus Botanicus, Museum for Ethnology, and Leiden City hall. Transportation by boat from the Hortus Botanicus, Museum for Ethnology and het Arsenaal will be provided by  Leidse Rederij (Leiden Boat Rental).

We look forward to welcoming you on 19th April in Het Arsenaal.

Cordially yours,

Kris Schiermeier

Chairman Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN)

The visit of the group from Nagasaki is possible by the support of:

Leiden, Lipsius; March 30, 13:00 – 17:30 hours: Asia and the Dutch: 400 years of interactions across the globe

On the 30th of March, the Historical Study Association and Chinese Study Association will jointly organize a symposium that aims to highlight the interactions that were of major importance in shaping the heritage that is marked by a unique blend of Dutch an Asian influence and changing interactions for nearly half a century. It is part of the Leiden-Asia year, that celebrates the old and enduring relationship between the Dutch and Asia. The themes that they’d like to discuss are:
> Diplomatic relationships between Asia and the Netherlands

> Scramble for the spices: trade, diplomacy, knowledge exchange and war at the Southeast Asian trade hub of Makassar

> The migration history of the Chinese Indonesians to the Netherlands
> World War Two and the Crisis of Empire in Asia (Dr. Ethan Mark, specialized in modern Japanse history with particular expertise in Japanse imperialism and the social and cultural history of the 1920s-1940s)



Address: Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 ES Leiden

19th of April 2017: save the date!

On Wednesday, April 19th, a delegation of the Japanese-Dutch Society of Nagasaki will pay its traditional biennial visit to Leiden. Members will be received by the mayor, Mr. Henri Lenferink and will call at Japan Museum Sieboldhuis, Museum for Ethnology and Hortus Botanicus. Representatives from the university of Leiden; Japan studies; Student & Alumni associations, local companies and organisations and dance group Yosakoi Raiden will have ample opportunity to become acquainted and interact with their counterparts from Nagasaki at a ‘Meet and Greet Event’ organised by the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN).

Save the date in your agenda:

wednesday 19th of April 2017,

15:00 – 17:00,

Het Arsenaal, Arsenaalstraat 1, Leiden

Do you want to receive updates on and an invitation to this event. Please register to receive our mailing.

Dutch Public Radio: On the tracks of history: Back to Dejima part 2

For centuries Dejima was the Japanese window for the West and vice versa the little island was the window to Japan for the West. This was possible through the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Even today every child in Japan is thought about the VOC and Dutch Trading post of Dejima. Mr. Marten Minkema travelled to the island and made this documentary for the Dutch Radio (in Dutch). Part 2 was aired last sunday: deel twee van ‘Terug naar Deshima’.

Dutch Public Radio: On the tracks of history: Back to Dejima part 1

Dutch Public Radio: On the tracks of history: Back to Dejima part 1

For centuries Dejima was the Japanese window for the West and vice versa the little island was the window to Japan for the West. This was possible through the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Even today every child in Japan is thought about the VOC and Dutch Trading post of Dejima. Mr. Marten Minkema travelled to the island and made this documentary for the Dutch Radio (in Dutch). Part 1 was aired last sunday: deel één van ‘Terug naar Deshima’.

This Sunday part two will be aired between 10am and 12am on Radio 1

Japan Open Café: November edition Dutch & Japanese videogamesindustry

The last Japan Open Cafe in 2016 will take place at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam on November 30th 2016, from 18:00.

The Japan Open cafe provides a platform for people with a professional interest in Japan to chat, meet, and exchange knowledge and experience.

This Cafe we will also have a short presentation (in Dutch), bij Maritjn van Zwieten, founder and chairman of Rangema, a non-profit organization aimed creating cooperation between the Japanese and Dutch gaming industry.

You are welcome to join us from 18:00 onwards at the Lloyd Hotel, Oostelijke Handelskade 34 in Amsterdam.


This winter Japan Museum SieboldHuis will showcase ‘Kunisada. Elegant Geishas, Spirited Actors’, a two-part exhibition featuring a unique selection of prints by this versatile and widely acclaimed 19th century print artist.  This comprehensive overview of Utagawa Kunisada’s works is a European premiere for Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

The exhibition is divided into two parts, both providing ample opportunity to experience Kunisada’s artistic development.   Characteristic of his early works are his use of soft natural colours and peaceful compositions.  In his later works his colours became brighter and more intense and his compositions more complex.

Part I  : 9 December 2016 – 22 January 2017  (Kunisada;’s Masterpieces from 1805-1828)
Part II : 24 January 2017 – 5 March 2017          (Kunisada’s Masterpieces from 1829 – 1865)

Running concurrently to the exhibition is a presentation of 14  photographic works by Casper Faassen: ‘Fleeting Images’ which illustrate the transience of worldly existence. Inspired by the multifaceted world of printmaking, Faassen’s creations consist of various layers of photography and painting. The fine pattern of ‘cracking’ added to illustrate the passing of time, emphasises the contrast between beauty and decay. Appearing and disappearing form the theme in this series in which the transience of art and photography is immortalised.

Battle for power. Prints by TAKEDA HIDEO

From 10 September to 27 November Japan Museum SieboldHuis will present a stirring exhibition that takes a contemporary look at a traditional Japanese theme.  Prints by present-day artist Hideo Takeda tell the classic tale of Genpei – the battle for power between the Taira and Minamoto families in the 12th century.

Known for his ‘bizarre images’ Takeda’s work is often interspersed with fanciful erotica.  The artist sees himself as a cartoonist with a flexible style to better convey the message.  In order to reach a greater public, Takeda utilises the silkscreen technique to print his drawings.  This method is bears a striking resemblance to Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e).

The illustrations in ‘Battle for Power’ tell the story of ‘Genpei’. The ‘Genpei’ war (1180-1185) was a conflict that took place at the end of the Heian period between the Taira and Minamoto families. Since then this war has been a source of inspiration to the Japanese world of art and literature. Takeda was also inspired by this conflict and produced a series of prints that are on display in this exhibition.

The prints are reminiscent of the heroic woodblock prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) but with a satirical undertone. Through his use of eroticism and graphic style Takeda works take contemporary look at an ancient battle.  A good example is his most famous print ’Mark of the Fan’. Here we see a naked woman in the mast while Tamamoto – on horseback –  wades though a sea of female figures.  Takeda’s Genpei prints are renowned for their attention to detail and rousing imagery in the battle for power.

Running parallel to ‘Battle for Power. Prints by Hideo Takeda’ are the realistic still lifes by Debora Makkus and the elaborately decorated traditional Edo period porcelain displayed in: ‘Arita. Paintings by Debora Makkus’.