Last Sunday, during Pentecost, we went to Leiden, a city in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. This city was my hometown when I was a student at the University of Leiden.
In the morning we visited a Japanese market organized by the "Japan Museum SieboldHuis". The museum is housed in the former residence of Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold (February 17, 1796 – October 18, 1866), a German physician and traveller. He was the first European to teach Western medicine in Japan. As early as in 1837 it was in this location that Siebold showed his collection of Japanese objects and artefacts to an interested public. Today, after more than 150 years, his former house is the first official Japan centre in the Netherlands.
After visiting the Japanese market we attended a couple of concerts which took place at 24 different courtyards all over Leiden.