Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Von Siebold’s First Journey To Japan (1823–29)

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Philipp Franz von Siebold was able to write his book Nippon and to play an advisory role in the opening of Japan, precisely because during his two stays in Japan, he studied the entire country and its people. He arrived in Japan as a fully trained practitioner in Europe's latest medical know-how. He was an expert in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics and pharmacology. He regularly sent reports of his activities to the Dutch East-India government. One of the highlights of von Siebold's stay in Japan came early in 1826 when a Dutch delegation was to travel to Edo. On 18 December 1829, before leaving Japan, von Siebold warned the authorities that harsh treatment of his innocent students, even causing their deaths 'on his behalf was inhuman treatment and would become an embarrassment for Holland and soil Japan's reputation forever'.

Keywords: Dutch East-India government; Holland; Japan; Nippon; ophthalmology; Philipp Franz von Siebold



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Philipp Franz von Siebold and the Opening of Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation