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A village unchanged by time

Kasuga village remains in much the same state as it was in the sixteenth century. Its natural environment has hardly changed since the Sengoku period, and the livelihoods of the village’s inhabitants also remain the same as they have been for centuries

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Kasuga Village Kasuga Village
Kasuga Village

Hirado was the first ever place within the Nagasaki region where Christianity was propagated. In 1553, two retainers of Matsura Takanobu (the feudal lord of Hirado) converted to Christianity. Their family names were Koteda and Ichibu. Following this, Takanobu (whose other name was Douka) had his entire domain (which included Ikitsuki, Takushima and the west coast of Hirado) follow suit.
One of the places along Hirado’s west coast to be converted to Christianity was a village called Kasuga, a settlement nestled on the slopes of the sacred mountain Yasumandake. The landscape has remained much the same since the era of Christian proselytisation. Local livelihoods were carried out by fishing for marine products, obtaining coal and firewood from the forests, and harvesting rice and barley from a splendid set of terraced rice fields sustained by the mountain’s abundant water reserves.