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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel Setting & Symbolism

David Mitchell (author)
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Japan

Japan is an isolated island nation that only trades with the Dutch. It is the location of Nagasaki Harbor and the island of Dejima. Japan is ruled by the Shogun, who oversees law and treaties.

Nagasaki Harbor

Nagasaki Harbor is a bay and port city in Japan, which contains the island of Dejima. Jacob arrives and leaves through Nagasaki Harbor, as does the British ship Phoebus.

Dejima Island

Dejima Island is a man-made island in Nagasaki Harbor, Japan. Dejima is connected to the mainland by a bridge, through which few can pass. Dejima is home to the Dutch East India Company, and is a place of trade, business, and corruption.

The Land Gate

The Land Gate is the gate that separates the bridge to Dejima from mainland Japan. It keeps unwanted or illegal individuals from crossing back and forth freely.

Edo

Edo is the Japanese region in...

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