A Lil' Bit of Holland in Japan: "Huis Ten Bosch"

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May 18th 2008
Published: May 26th 2008
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Ever wonder what a Dutch village would look like if constructed in Japan? ...Well, a Dutch village of course, packed with Japanese tourists! There are windmills, tulips (in spring), wooden shoes, Japanese restaurants, canals, tall ships, museums highlighting the Dutch-Japanese history, classic European cars, and little Japanese kids running around yelling "Sugoi!!!" ("Wow!!!"). It is quite the ... Read Full Entry

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Mixing the CulturesMixing the Cultures
Mixing the Cultures

Kimono and Dutch Ships
Mural Room within Huis Ten Bosch PalaceMural Room within Huis Ten Bosch Palace
Mural Room within Huis Ten Bosch Palace

This mural is the largest in Japan. It was painted by Rob Scholte, a Dutch artist, and an additional 40 painters from around the world. The mural took 4 years to complete. The mural, which covers all 4 walls from floor to cupola (height 19m, diameter 11m), depicts visions of a boy's nightmare. In the nightmare the boy dreams of the madness of war and what it can do to our future.
Baroque-Style GardenBaroque-Style Garden
Baroque-Style Garden

The garden is based on a plan which was drawn up by the 18th Century French garden designer Daniel Marot for the royal palace, but these gardens were never completed in Holland. The gardens feature statues of ancient Greek gods.
Wedding in Huis ten BoschWedding in Huis ten Bosch
Wedding in Huis ten Bosch

These cars are otherwise used as "Classic Taxis"
Huis Ten BoschHuis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch

... and now you have seen Holland in Japan!

26th May 2008

Who would have thought??? That is so neat! Oh! And Happy Birthday!
26th May 2008

Wow – another adventure! Maybe their sign should have said “Traveling WOMAN goes around the World” The flowers and the roses are absolutely gorgeous !
26th May 2008

Quite the attraction, I bet you felt like you were in Holland with all those tulips blooming. Also Happy Birthday Lisa. a.m.
27th May 2008

Oma enjoyed reading this blog and finds it very interesting as to the detail. Beautiful city with all the gorgeous flowers. Oma and I wish you a HAPPY belated Birthday
31st May 2008

I never realized Japan was so large, you are constantly finding something different and new to explore and it is always very interesting reading. And also too, "Happy belated Birthday Lisa".
10th July 2008

dude, its pretty, but I thinking hitching there was the way to see Nagasaki. I miss our adventures!
18th July 2008

Het verbazen!
24th October 2009

Only two things! I didn't know that chocolate springles is/was a Dutch product, and as in described in the pictures Von Siebold was not a Dutchmen but a German working for the Dutch. Otherwise his name would have been 'Van Siebolt'. But nevertheless this is amazing! And 152 hectare??

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