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Wat a happy kitten! Is it living with you now? Most stray cats wants to be on the street, but this looks like a stayer.

Must be Akita dog!

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Uhh・・・ looks like so, but I don't know the truth.

In Tokio there is a plaquette about the landing of the Dutch in Japan. The only ship of 5 that survived the trip was "de Liefde" (translated "Love"). The 5 ships that sailed from Rotterdam were: Het Geloof, De Hoop, De Liefde, de Trouw and De Blijde Boodschap (Believe, Hope, Love, Faithfulness and Gospel). For this voyage the ship was renamed, it was known earlier as "Erasmus" as an honour to Desiderius Erasmus, a well known dutch social critic. That's why the statue of Erasmus is in Tokio in the National Museum, the woodcrafted shipsornament being the sole survivor before it was wrecked at Usuki in an attempt to sail with the heavily deteriorated ship to Edo. On board was the pilot William Adams, known as "Anjin San" in the TV series "Shogun". As well as Jan Joosten van Lodensteyn, his name liveth on in "Yaeshu" Tokio. Captain was Jacob Quaeckernaeck, and with Melchior van Santvoort he was returned to Holland on a japanese ship with papers from Tokugawa Shôgun They didn't make it. Due to tensions suspicion from religious origin (the Portuguese tried to Katholise the daimyōs, therefore expelled from Dejima) the Dutch were moved from Hirado to Dejima. It was the beginning of a 200 year lasting trading post.

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeLiefde%28galjoen%29#mediaviewer/File:PlaquetteDeLiefde.jpg

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%83%95%E3%83%87%E5%8F%B7

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dejima

Thank you for the information. Had to use Google translate and got the message. Holland also had a part in slavery, when slavery was common. The further you go back in time, the more common slavery and cruelty seems. Unfortunately it is not so long ago for slavery (Cambodia on large scale and in some industries still on smaller scale) and for now cruelty is yet far from history.

Long final for the 23 at Phnom Penh airport, here without the turning spot and displaced portion of runway at the thres-hold 1992.

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I know this bridge. Nowadays, constructing new bridge side by side ,by the China Money.

Deze foto is medio augustus 1993 genomen (vanuit een heteluchtballon).

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