Japan Museum SieboldHuis
Trade between Japan and Holland
Holland has a special trading relationship with Japan. In 1641 the Dutch East India Company was the only Western institution granted trading rights with Japan. Siebold was born in Germany and lived and worked in Leiden as a doctor and researcher and he lived in Japan from 1823 to 1829. He collected a highly diversified range of objects until he was caught smuggling maps of Japan to the West in 1829. Japan convicted Siebold of espionage and evicted him from the country. However, trading relations between the two nations remained intact.
Japan in Leiden
The Japan Museum SieboldHuis is a piece of Japan in a Dutch gentleman’s house. It organises exhibitions of modern Japanese and Dutch art. It is beautifully situated on Rapenburg and well worth a visit.