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.

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KUNISADA. ELEGANT BEAUTIES, SPIRITED ACTORS

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.

Japan & the Netherlands: A Photography Competition

Save the Date

An exhibition opening for “Japan & the Netherlands: A Photography Competition,” will take place in Siebold Huis, in Leiden on Thursday 27 October 2016, from 3pm onwards.

An awards ceremony will take place at this time, and the best three photographs submitted will be acknowledged, and prizes presented.

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What?: An Exhibition Opening, and awards ceremony

Where?: Japan Museum Sieboldhuis, Rapenburg 19, Leiden

When?: Thursday 27 October 2016, from 15.30 hours


Further details will be sent soon in an official invite.

Photography competition

Japan is hot! Japanese food, clothes, products and influences are growing in the Netherlands. But just as Japan is interesting for the Dutch, the Netherlands is interesting for the Japanese. The theme park, Huis ten Bosch, is a modern reminder of the influence the Netherlands has in Japan. But even more current, is the growing interest for Dutch design in Japan.

This competition wants, through photos, to show the Dutch and Japanese public, the multitude of Japanese influences in the Dutch public and private space and of Dutch influences in Japan. The purpose of the project is to take stock of the cultural and international relations between the peoples of the Netherlands and Japan; and how these relationships manifests itself in Dutch public areas and spaces. The photo inventory is being compiled through individual photographs, which together will provide an impression of more than 400 years international relations.

We invite everyone in the Netherlands and Japan to participate in this international photography competition.

Submit photo(s) that show the influence of one of these countries’ on the other’s public or private space until 30 September 2016, 17:00 hours (GMT +1).
Examples for the public spaces are: Public parks, stores, restaurants, museums and buildings. Examples for the private spaces are: Dutch foods, Dutch Delft Blueware. These are just some examples, we are sure you can find many more!

More information.

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Courtesy visit to the Matsura Historical Museum and Former Dutch Trading Post Hirado

The Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation recently visited the Matsura Historical Museum and the former Dutch trading post in in Hirado.
In a beautifully restored traditional Japanese tea house they were welcomed by the director of the museum, Mr. Y. Okayama. 

Ronald Hilhorst and Yoshiharu Okayama in the tea house of the Matsura Historical Museum.

They enjoyed traditional Japanese green tea and sweets in the splendid surroundings of a characteristic garden.  In addition to the historic ties between Leiden and Japan that span over 4 centuries, the ties between Leiden and Nagasaki also include Hirado where the first Dutch trading post was established in the 16th century.  

According to resident Dutchman and present-day chief Remco Vrolijk, ties exist between Hirado and Noordwijkerhout as wel as Hirado and Leiden. After interesting talks and a tour of the museum 
it was time to take out leave and bid goodbye to Hirado.

 

 

Establishment of the Leiden – Nagasaki Friendschip Association

Sinds kort heeft Leiden een nieuwe stichting met een Japans tintje.

Naar aanleiding van een Round Table bijeenkomst met verschillende organisaties, bedrijven en instellingen is de Stichting Leidse Vrienden van Nagasaki opgericht.

Sinds 2013 heeft Leiden een vriendschapsband met de stad Nagasaki. Nagasaki ligt op het meeste zuidelijke eiland van Japan: Kyūshū.

Al sinds 1600 met de landing van het Schip “De Liefde” op Kyūshū hebben Nederlanders en in het bijzonder Leidenaren een speciale band met deze stad door onze gedeelde lange geschiedenis.

Deze geschiedenis kan men onder andere vinden in de Hortus Botanicus, Museum Volkenkunde, Naturalis Biodiversity Center en natuurlijk het Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, maar ook op enorm veel plekken in de stad, in organisaties en bedrijfsleven.

De stichting Leidse Vrienden van Nagasaki brengt organisaties, bedrijven en instellingen in zowel Leiden als Nagasaki met elkaar in contact op allerlei vlakken zoals cultuur, muziek, kunst, onderwijs maar ook bedrijfsleven, detailhandel en culinair. Wij zijn een NederlandJapanplatform voor een ieder in de regio Leiden en Nagasaki.