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Von Siebold’s Second Journey To Japan

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On 22 May 1858, Philipp Franz Von Siebold submitted a plan to reform the Dutch factory on Dejima to accord with the premises of the trading company and proposed that the company send him to Japan as its 'adviseur' or agent. He then listed the tradable goods. He also recommended the sale of Dutch goods in Hakodate and Shimoda and that the company promotes fishing in Ezo and Sakhalin. At the request of the Dutch East-India authorities, von Siebold installed a printing atelier on Dejima. This was where he printed his Open brieven uit Japan (Open Letters from Japan), which included his impressions of Japan between the autumn of 1859 and the summer of 1860. He had been in Edo scarcely three weeks when, during the night between 5 and 6 July, a group of Mito-clan ronin attacked the British legation.

Keywords: British legation; Dejima; Dutch East-India authorities; Edo; Japan; Philipp Franz Von Siebold



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