A National History: The Dutch Trading Post reconstruction and maintenance project
In 1922 the grounds of the Hirado Dutch Trading Post were recognized as a national historic site. On this exact location the reconstruction of the 1639 warehouse continues, as we try to remain faithful to its original design. While being the first Western style building in Japan it also shows some Japanese features, such as in its tile roofing. By inviting many specialists, such as those of the Agency of Cultural Affairs, the reconstruction has taken on a historical and architectural approach.
The reconstruction of the Hirado Dutch Trading Post is a collaboration between the government and the private sector. Many people are involved in the realization of this project though international exchange programmes and other events.
The reconstruction process
Taking advice from the Agency of Cultural Affairs and many other specialist teams, the 1639 warehouse has been reconstructed as cultural property on the grounds of the national designated historical site, while aiming to maintain the same appearance it had in the beginning of the 17th century.
The reconstruction project
The reconstruction of the Hirado Dutch Trading Post is based on the concept that historically Hirado was the only door connecting Japan to the outside world in the beginning of the 17th century.
The current status
Many remnants and landmarks were left on the grounds of the Hirado Dutch Trading Post that remind us of the early 17th century. Especially places bearing the prefix “Dutch” have been left the way they were in the period of trade in Hirado and they convey the flow of time.