The Shared Underwater Cultural Heritage of Japan and the Netherlands: the Kanrin-maru

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Title

The Shared Underwater Cultural Heritage of Japan and the Netherlands: the Kanrin-maru

Description

In 2014, a non-exhaustive inventory of the shared cultural heritage of the Netherlands and Japan was made by the Dutch government in the context of what the Netherlands calls its ‘Shared Cultural Heritage Policy’. This inventory resulted in an overview of shared cultural heritage grouped into the categories ‘maritime heritage’, ‘built heritage’, ‘museum collections’ and ‘archives’. Spread over seven different themes and linking to an equal number of time periods, the inventory provided insights into where opportunities for cultural collaboration would lie. One of the opportunities of collaboration found revolved around the potentially preserved Dutch shipwrecks in Japanese waters. This sparked the incentive to propose a project-based partnership through a collaborative research project between the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, to locate and research the shipwreck of the Kanrin-maru. The project, which commenced in 2017, includes the involvement of Dutch and Japanese researchers to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, as well as the involvement of trainees in order to ensure capacity building. The Kanrin-maru was a warship specially built in the Netherlands in 1856 on order of the Tokugawa Shogunate Navy. It was brought to Japan in 1857, but in 1869 during the Boshin War between Shogunate and Imperial forces it was taken over by the Imperial Japanese Navy, and remained in the service of the Imperial Meiji government until it foundered in the Tsugaru Strait in 1871. Although an anchor thought to belong to the Kanrin-maru was found near where it was said to have foundered, no wreck has been found to date. In November 2017, fieldwork in Hokkaido, including material analysis upon its anchor, as well as library or archival research is to be done by Dutch and Japanese archaeologists.

Creator

Leon Derksen
Akifumi Iwabuchi

Publisher

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Date

11/24/2017

Rights

Leon Derksen
Akifumi Iwabuchi

Files

DerksenFINAL.pdf

Citation

Leon Derksen and Akifumi Iwabuchi, “The Shared Underwater Cultural Heritage of Japan and the Netherlands: the Kanrin-maru ,” The MUA Collection, accessed January 29, 2023, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1812.

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