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De Hofreis Naar De Shogun Van Japan: Naar Een Persoonlijk Verslag Van Jan Cock Blomhoff (Dutch) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2000

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From 1641 onwards, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) held exclusive trading rights with Japan. A staff of some 12 to 15 men was based at Deshima, a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbour. The Dutch Chief or "Opperhoofd" was required to make an annual journey to the court of the shogun in Edo (present-day Tokyo). He bore tribute and provided shogun with information on such topics as the progress of Western sciences and the state of the world. The Opperhoofd Jan Cock Blomhoff (1799-1853) made his fourth journey to Edo in 1918. In addition to the official diary he kept during this journey, Blomhoff also maintained correspondence with his wife in Holland. The material in this book is a major source of knowledge on Tokugawa Japan. If offers details about Blomhoff's travels and contains numerous references to the objects he acquired. Many of these pieces are reproduced in this book, along with documents such as maps.

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