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Nagasaki, which was constructed as a port city at the aim of trading with foreign countries, was a particular city where trade and propagation of Christianity were freely conducted. Thousands of Japanese merchant ships left this port for the Chinese coast and the ports of Southeast Asia for trade and it became flourished. However, the shogunate at the time took control of the trade and banned the Christianity.

Under this situation, Japan retained the trading with Southeast Asia and Europe through the Dutch Trading Post, which was the only western country for trading with Japan. The 15,000㎡ manmade island, Dejima, played a vital role in the trade and the cultural exchange between Japan and Asia, Europe. We find various themes in the role of Dejima such as commerce, religion and mutual exchange, also respect for the diversity, negotiation and peace as well.

Although the restoration project is currently underway, we have more than 400,000 visitors per year and 10% of the total is from foreign countries. More than 2,000 people from the Netherlands visit per year and those numbers are increasing. We expect that the visitors will increase more as a result of presenting the core values of the historic heritage site by promoting initiatives such as the Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network.

Do not miss Junji Mamitsuka presentation. He will share with you issues pertaining to this project and introduce you to the Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network.

Visit the Dejima Restauration Project website