June 5: Hans Brinckmann's presentation at the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo
On June 5, Brinckmann gave a presentation in the Dejima Lounge of the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo on "Life, Work and Society in Japan between 1956 and the mid-1970s". It was a follow-up on a similar presentation at the Embassy on February 28, 2018, which covered the period from 1950 – when Hans first arrived in Japan – and 1956, his first home leave in six years.
Apart from details about social and economic conditions in Japan during that period, the lecture also contained some facts about Hans' personal life, such as his miai kekkon (marriage through introduction) in 1959.
In the May issue of their "Number I Shimbun" magazine, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan published Brinckmann's essay, "Tapestries for the Empress" about a Polish Count who spent five years in Japan weaving tapestries to make a living and survived the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. Based on Hans' meeting with the Count in 1961.
Interested readers can access the essay by clicking on this link:
Hiromi Mizoguchi's translation of this essay appeared earlier in Atlas No. 30 in 2014.