Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan – Tulip Festival Bagpiper

During the Spring of 2006, I had the pleasure of performing along with my former Pipe Major and his wife at one of the most unique and elaborate amusement parks in Asia. Known as the Tulip Festival Bagpipers, we performed for tens of thousands of mostly Asian tourists at Huis Ten Bosch located on the island of Kyushu ~ a one hour train ride from the city of Nagasaki. Words can not describe how incredible this park is ~ with its millions of fresh tulips and several miles of functioning canals, this park is an almost exact replica of a Dutch city. A unique concept, yet, it works.

Here are some pictures taken during my performances at Huis Ten Bosch. While performing four shows a day, I was fortunate enough to entertain visitors of all ages and from all around the world. It was a pleasure meeting and working with entertainers from all over the world in a setting that must be seen to believe!

The History of Huis Ten Bosch: It was during the summer of 1979 that Mr. Yoshikuni Kamichika, the founder of Huis Ten Bosch, went on his first trip to Europe. The natural splendor of the Mediterranean Sea reminded him of Omura Bay. It occurred to him that the Omura bay area, despite its beautiful scenery, did not attract that many visitors. Mr. Kamichika pondered upon possibilities to turn this beautiful area into a unique place.
At that point he suddenly thought of the small island of Dejima near Nagasaki, from which only the Dutch were allowed to conduct trade during Japan's period of national isolation (1600-1868) and the significance of the part the island played in the history of Japan. The idea to build a "Modern Dejima" was born.
During Mr. Kamichika's visit to The Netherlands he learned about the age old Dutch tradition of regaining land from the sea and developing it. Especially the fact that this land development was carried out in harmony with the environment impressed Mr. Kamichika. Instead of using concrete, the Dutch use natural rocks to build their dikes. This way they succeed in protecting their country from the water while maintaining an ecological balance.
Kamichika decided to build a town in Japan that combined Dutch city planning with Japanese technology. The first step towards towards the realization of his dream was the construction of a small town called Nagasaki Holland Village, in 1983.
In October 1988, construction of Huis Ten Bosch started. A network of over 6 kilometers of canals was created, replicas of famous Dutch buildings were built, and over 400,000 trees and 300,000 flowers were planted. Huis Ten Bosch (named after Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands' official residence) has become a place where nature and classic Dutch architecture are in harmony.
In order to capture the charm and beauty of a 17th century Dutch town, numerous historical landmarks were painstakingly duplicated. In order to ensure their authenticity even the bricks were imported from The Netherlands. On March 25, 1992 Huis Ten Bosch opened its gates. The total costs of the project were $2.5 billion.

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Huis Ten Bosch – Nagasaki, Japan

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Huis Ten Bosch Parade

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Tulip Festival Poster

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Huis Ten Bosch in Summer

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