“DEJIMA” Where the World Met Japan
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Take a trip to Nagasaki’s Dejima, an island that connected Japan to the world.
During the two centuries after its creation in 1636, this island was the only place where interactions between Japan and the West took place, earning its place in Japanese history as a “foreign country within Japan.” Dejima was inhabited for limited periods by people from The Netherlands, including the Trading Post Chief (the “Kapitan”), scholars, and their supporting crew. Japanese officials and their interpreter “Tsuji” would also come and go. The island was connected to land by the short “Omotemonbashi” bridge, which become the funnel from which all things western would enter Japan. In this program, we celebrate the revival of the Omotemonbashi bridge after 130 years by taking a look at the history, people, things, and culture of Dejima with artifacts and reenactments, paying particular heed to one Tsuji named Tadao Shizuki and the Japanese words he coined for “present, past, and future.”