Family Fun: Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)

In the past few years, my family and I have been frequent visitors to Sasebo, a seaside city in Nagasaki Prefecture. In all that time, however, we had never once stopped into the Huis Ten Bosch complex, a Dutch-themed amusement park just a few kilometers below the city. "Dutch?", you may be asking yourselves? But in... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Dutch Trading Post (Hirado)

If you're familiar with Japanese history, you might know that Japan was essentially a closed nation from the early 1600s until the mid-1850s. The only contact with the outside world was through the Dutch trading post on the fan-shaped island of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. What most people don't realize, however, is that Dejima wasn't... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Dejima (Nagasaki)

It might seem hard to believe today, but Japan was once closed off to the world. Between the 1630s and 1868, the Tokugawa Shogunate essentially followed a closed-door policy - no one in, and no one out. Foreigners entering the country were strictly punished and even killed and Japanese who left were never permitted to return home... Continue Reading →

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