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Every year, one or two Dutch ships arrived in Nagasaki to collect and deliver goods and to relieve the staff of the trading post. The arrival of ships was a welcome change in the routine of life on Deshima.
The ships themselves, with their decorated sterns and colorful flags, were quite a sight for the Japanese. Especially impressive were the speed with which sails could be pulled up and down and the powerful cannons that enveloped the ship in smoke when firing a salute.