The journal of Olof Eriksson Willman : from his voyage to the Dutch East Indies and Japan, 1648-1654 / translated, annotated and with an introduction by Catharina Blomberg.Material type: TextLanguage: English Original language: Swedish Publisher: Leiden : Global Oriental, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 140 pages 24 cmContent type:
- Willman, Olof Eriksson, ca 1620-1673 -- Travel -- Japan
- Willman, Olof Eriksson, ca 1620-1673 -- Travel -- Indonesia
- Willman, Olof Eriksson, ca 1620-1673 -- Diaries
- Willman, Olof Eriksson -- Travel -- Japan
- Willman, Olof Eriksson -- Travel -- Indonesia
- Willman, Olof Eriksson -- Diaries
- Japan -- Early works to 1800. -- Description and travel
- Indonesia -- Early works to 1800. -- Description and travel
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-135) and index.
The travel journal of Olof Eriksson Willman, a Swedish employee of the VOC, provides a highly personal account of his sea voyages to and from Asia. His observations during a year in Japan include glimpses of daily life at Deshima and a detailed description of the 'Hofreis' to Edo, and his encounters with Tokugawa Bakufu officials there. Willman, who had served in the Swedish army, seems to have found favour with the notorious Inoue Masashige, who summoned him on more than one occasion to demonstrate and discuss European firearms. Willman observed religious celebrations, saw' yamabushi' and pilgrims along the Tokaido and visited several temples, including the Hokoji. He also witnessed a family of Christians being taken to the execution ground.