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The first Christmas Mass

During the Edo period, many Hidden Christians from Sotome crossed the ocean and settled in the Okuura district of Fukue. This was the beginning of the resurrection of the Christian faith in Goto.

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In the middle of the Edo period, the Oomura domain initiated a policy of group migration. Roughly 3000 people migrated to Goto, mainly from Sotome. Most of these were Hidden Christians. The first group of migrants landed on Okuura's Mukata beach after crossing the ocean in a rowing boat. They then settled in this area, disguising themselves as Buddhists and quietly observing their faith in secret.
When the ban on Christianity was lifted in the Meiji period, a French missionary priest called Father Fraineau came to Fukue and, on the beach of Dozaki, offered the first Christmas Mass to be held on Goto since the lifting of the long ban on Christianity.