Stained Glass Window at Seibold Museum, Nagasaki
Philipp Franz von Siebold was born into a family of physicians in Bavaria. Siebold arrived in Nagasaki in 1823 as resident physician at the Dutch Trading Post on Dejima Island in Nagasaki. During his stay he conducted research with the cooperation of
the Dutch interpreters, Nagasaki artist Kawahara Keiga and Japanese students who gathered in Nagasaki from around Japan to draw from the well of Western science. Siebold introduced Western medicine to Japan and
contributed enormously to the modernization of the country. He was in fact one of the first Europeans to study Japan in depth and to promote knowledge about the country overseas.
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