Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rotown - Sterker door strijd

Nicknamed "Gateway to Europe", Rotown and Roffa, Rotterdam is a spacious, WYSIWYG city with no small print. Hosting a wealth of cultures, built by down to earth and hard working people R'dam is in constant motion. Dutch poet Jules Deelder -dubbed night 'mayor of Rotterdam'- described it with the following words:

Rotterdam is geen illusie door de camera gewekt 

Rotterdam is niet te filmen
Rotterdam is veels te echt

Rotterdam is no illusion created by the camera

Rotterdam cannot be filmed
Rotterdam is way too real

Saturday, May 21, 2016

75 jaar

This 3-D animation clip showcases Rotterdam's reconstruction progress over the years, starting from 1940's catastrophic blitz.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Houen zo!

This year Rotterdam celebrates its '75 years of Reconstruction'.
Dutch director Van der Horst supported by Marshall Plan funds filmed this documentary in 1952 to capture the efforts of Rotterdamers rebuilding their city. 
Houen zo! 'keep it that way' as the tug pilot shouts in the middle of this short 20 mins film.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


In 17th century Japan entered a period of isolation called sakoku. For two-and-a-half centuries, Dutch traders in Nagasaki were granted the exclusive right of importing the marvels of Europian industrial and scientific revolution into the isolated empire.
Rangaku eventually became a Western-culture supporting movement, sowing the seeds of modernization in Japanese society.