September 6, 1633 – December 31, 1635
This volume contains the first part of the diary kept by the chief factor Nicolaes Couckebacker and covers the period from September 6, 1633 to December 31, 1635.
The factory at Hirado, which has been closed because of an incident in Tawian, reopened on November 12, 1632 as a result of a shogunal decree. The diary starts with the arrival of the new chief factor, Nicolaes Couckebacker. Couckebacker was confronted with a number of problems, not limited to the release of Pieter Nuijts, the withdrawal of the pancado and the embarkation restrictions. To resolve these problems, Couckebacker made two trips to Edo to meet with the shogun. The first trip was from October 1633 to May 5, 1634 and the second from February 24 to June 27, 1635.
Texts for Transcription
The original manuscripts for this transcription are preserved at the Nationaal Archief. They are found in both the Archief Nederlandse Factorij Japan (NFJ) and the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie Archief (VOC). Previously they were all classified under one section, the Koloniaal Archief (KA). The basic text for this transcription is:
Dagregister gehouden in Japan 't Comptoir Bij den E. Resident Couckebacker begint den 6 Sept. 1633 en eijndight 3 Feb. 1639
NFJ 53 (KA 11686)
A microfilm copy of the manuscript is also available in the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo (6998-1-32, 7598-1-5~8)
The above text has been fully collated by the editors with other manuscript copies, namely VOC 1114 (KA 1026).
Governor-General Hendrick Brouwer’s instructions to Couckebacker and a journal of a voyage made to the Goto archipelago for surveying purposes in 1634 are appended.
An index for this volume can be found in Volume 3.