June 23, 2016
Japan & the Netherlands: Shared Maritime Heritage

(With extra pictures) Japan and the Netherlands have had successful trading relations for over 400 years. It all started when a Dutch East-India Company ship stranded on Japanese shores in 1600.

The Dutch crew were allowed to trade and that contact also led to knowledge and cultural exchange. Today, remains of this shared heritage can still be found in forms such as museum collections and maritime heritage.

Read the full article on this shared maritime heritage in SWZ Maritime's June issue (subscribers only).

As promised, the album below contains some extra pictures. Please click the pop-out link to view them in their proper dimensions.

Picture (top): Launch of the Kayo Maru in Dordrecht in 1865.

Japan Hirad0 Trade Post (built on the original foundations of the Dutch trade post in Japan) Japanese port of MisumiDutch hydraulic engineers are still famous in Japan. This is the Otani Dam built by Johannes de Rijke.The Japanese equivalent for the Dutch NAP or Amsterdam Ordnance Datum, the “Japan Standard”, was created by the Dutchman Isaac Lindo (1848-1941). This protected heritage can still be seen in Tokyo.