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Red-Haired Barbarians. The Dutch and other foreigners in Nagasaki and Yokohama, 1800-1865

Animals for the Court

To maintain their special relations with the Japanese authorities, the Dutch were required to pay homage to the court of the shôgun in Edo (present-day Tokyo). Every four years they undertook a journey of a month to proclaim their loyalty and to bring gifts.
The shôgun was especially fond of horses and exotic animals such as elephants. In 1821 the Dutch imported a camel, the first to be seen in Japan.

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Dutch on their rounds Dutch on their rounds Dutchman training

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Camel and dromedary Depiction of a newly
imported camel
Depiction of a