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HOME IN JAPAN - HUIS TEN BOSCH
|| A summary of our time in a delightful Dutch village
theme park in Japan
HTB flowers against
a Dutch background
Huis Ten Bosch is a Dutch name, is it a place ... if so what's
it doing in Japan?
We were very lucky to find Huis Ten Bosch marina. It is a
part of the small boat harbour that forms the central focus
for a Dutch theme park near Sasebo, Nagasaki on the west coast
of Kyushu. The park was built by Dutch and Japanese engineers
to commemorate the Dutch presence in the area of over 400
years. The first Dutch sailors arrived in the vessel "de-Liefde"
and in 1660 all signs of Christianity were routed, the resident
Portugese despatched and Japan was closed to all outsiders.
Trading and contact with the outside world was restricted
to a few Dutch merchants confined to the very small island
of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbour. A causeway to the island was
opened weekly and Japanese and Dutch exchanges were made with
the understanding that it was strictly commercial, an arrangement
that suited both parties. This continued until 1860 when Admiral
Perry from the US forced the Japanese to trade with gunship
|Canals and windmills - more Dutch than Holland!
||HTB marina and the stern of the de Liefde
The marina is of the best quality we've ever seen and we
were allowed access to the park. A sound and laser light show
at the harbour entertained us nightly and a train station
nearby gave us access to the shops and sights of Sasebo and
Nagasaki. HTB marina lies on the shore of a large lake, Omura
Wan which is 20nm across and accessible to the ocean so short
cruises were easy too. We would have liked to stay for years!
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