Article on the history of Christianity in Japan.

Christianity's long history in the margins

Article on the history of Christianity in Japan.

Shiro Amakusa (right)  a sixteen year old Christian samurai, with an army of 30,000  peasants and samurai (Shimabara Rebellion) fought against the Shogun’s army of 140,000 men. The battle lasted for four months. With the help of the Dutch, the Christian army were  defeated, and the survivors beheaded. Christianity in Japan went underground. The figure on the left is a Christian woman about to take the allegiance test, a fumi-e is at her feet, her next couple of steps, could mean life, or…

Shiro Amakusa (right) a sixteen year old Christian samurai, with an army of 30,000 peasants and samurai (Shimabara Rebellion) fought against the Shogun’s army of 140,000 men. The battle lasted for four months. With the help of the Dutch, the Christian army were defeated, and the survivors beheaded. Christianity in Japan went underground. The figure on the left is a Christian woman about to take the allegiance test, a fumi-e is at her feet, her next couple of steps, could mean life, or…

The drama about a pair of priests spreading Christianity in Japan is potentially to be released by Paramount in late 2015

Martin Scorsese's Silence lined up for Oscars... in 2016

The drama about a pair of priests spreading Christianity in Japan is potentially to be released by Paramount in late 2015

This day in 1587 - Japanese strong-man Hideyoshi banned Christianity in Japan and ordered all Christians to leave.

This day in 1587 - Japanese strong-man Hideyoshi banned Christianity in Japan and ordered all Christians to leave.

Hidden Christians in Nagasaki Come Out of Hiding: As Christianity was still banned in Japan, the Japanese government began persecuting the Hidden Christians in 1867. More than 3600 Urakami villagers were banished and 650 of them died. After their return from exile in 1873 (Meiji 6), they decided to construct their own church. They purchased the land where for centuries they had been interrogated and forced to tread upon an icon of the Virgin Mary or Jesus. The location was symbolic for…

Hidden Christians in Nagasaki Come Out of Hiding: As Christianity was still banned in Japan, the Japanese government began persecuting the Hidden Christians in 1867. More than 3600 Urakami villagers were banished and 650 of them died. After their return from exile in 1873 (Meiji 6), they decided to construct their own church. They purchased the land where for centuries they had been interrogated and forced to tread upon an icon of the Virgin Mary or Jesus. The location was symbolic for…

Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo - historic novel about the 17th century persecution of Christianity in Japan and a meditation about the Silence of God - A perfect book to read on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. (Click through for the full review)

Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo - historic novel about the 17th century persecution of Christianity in Japan and a meditation about the Silence of God - A perfect book to read on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. (Click through for the full review)

The Virgin Mary disguised as Kannon/Guanyin to avoid persecution. Kirishitan (Christian) cult, 17th century Japan.

The Virgin Mary disguised as Kannon/Guanyin to avoid persecution. Kirishitan (Christian) cult, 17th century Japan.

GOLD COIN - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 1585-1591. 10 Ryo or Oban Tensho 16 (1588). Also known as Tensho Hishi Oban. Minted by the Goto goldsmith family. On obverse: central writing in Japanese ink “Jru Ryo (10 Ryo), Goto and Kao“ (Goldsmiths signature); at the top right corner “Tensho 16 (1588)”. Three diamond shaped hallmarks, one at the top and two at the bottom. No hallmark on rev...

GOLD COIN - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 1585-1591. 10 Ryo or Oban Tensho 16 (1588). Also known as Tensho Hishi Oban. Minted by the Goto goldsmith family. On obverse: central writing in Japanese ink “Jru Ryo (10 Ryo), Goto and Kao“ (Goldsmiths signature); at the top right corner “Tensho 16 (1588)”. Three diamond shaped hallmarks, one at the top and two at the bottom. No hallmark on rev...

The Japanese term Kirishitan from Portuguese cristão referred to Roman Catholic Christians in Japanese and is used in Japanese texts as a historiographic term for Roman Catholics in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries.  In the latest episode of History Hit Dan Snow speaks to Dr Stephen Turnbull about Martin Scorcese's new film Silence. Based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set In the 17th century two Portuguese Catholic priests  Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield)…

The Japanese term Kirishitan from Portuguese cristão referred to Roman Catholic Christians in Japanese and is used in Japanese texts as a historiographic term for Roman Catholics in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the latest episode of History Hit Dan Snow speaks to Dr Stephen Turnbull about Martin Scorcese's new film Silence. Based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set In the 17th century two Portuguese Catholic priests Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield)…

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