2004
Volume 60 Number 2
  • ISSN: 1876-9071
  • E-ISSN: 2214-5729

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Abstract

In the 1630s Japan initiated an isolationist policy and closed its borders for most foreigners. Between 1641 and 1853 employees of the Dutch trade mission on the artificial island Deshima in the harbour of Nagasaki were the only Europeans to reside in Japan. One of them was Jan Frederik van Overmeer Fisscher (1800-1848), the supervisor of the warehouse during his sojourn in Japan. After returning to Europe Van Overmeer Fisscher published (1833, A Contribution to the Knowledge of the Japanese Empire). This paper discusses the image of Japan presented by Van Overmeer Fisscher, and tries to establish how he obtained the information that he used in his book.

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