2017年06月02日

The neighborhood of Holland Hills in the heart of Nagasaki City is dotted with many old Western style houses built in the middle of the 19th century.

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Japan had closed the door to Western countries from the middle of the 17th century to the middle of the 19th century against the potential aggression through Christianization. In fact, however, Japan had traded with Holland, China, Korea and Ryukyu (Present Okinawa) through Nagasaki even in the period of national isolation. After the end of the seclusion policy in the 19th century, many Westerners rushed into Nagasaki and they settled in Higashi-Yamate zone commanding Nagasaki Port. As this zone is hilly, they built stone-paved slopes, wide and narrow, which were called Holland Hills by the locals. *As shown in the first picture. Because, all the Westerners were Netherlanders for the locals in the 17th-19th century. 15 Western houses still remain intact in this neighborhood as shown in the second picture. These houses along Holland Hills, together with old churches and Chinese Buddhist Temples, conveys the exotic town scape of Nagasaki.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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