I will be visiting Amsterdam in December for 6 days. I've been to Amsterdam before, but it was nearly 20 years ago. I am a Japanese music--and by extension Japan--specialist, and I'm interested in exploring connections between The Netherlands and Japan (both historical and modern). Most specifically, I'm interested in the Dutch activity at Dejima off the shore of Nagasaki during the Edo period (17th and 18th centuries). I've been to Nagasaki a couple of times and know their side of the story. Now I'd like the Dutch view of that history.
Can anyone comment on the National Maritime Museum? Are there any exhibits that feature trade with Japan?
I hope to get a photo of the Oost-Indisch Huis, which I think is now a part of the University of Amsterdam. Is that correct? Is the interior of the building accessible to the general public? I'm happy to just see the outside; I'm just curious about access. Is there anyplace else that would have information on the Dutch East India Company?
Is there anyplace else that might be of interest to me? I'm not obsessive about this, and if I miss something, well, it's just an excuse to visit Amsterdam again. But I am very much looking forward to exploring this topic (while also enjoying other aspects of Amsterdam!)
Thanks very much for any suggestions you might have.