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"I want to untie the knots of this buried history..."
The watercress which grows by Imatomi river is good for making both goma-ae and tempura
Sakitsu church is the pride and joy of the village’s Christians
Oso church welcomes the centennial from its consecration in the summer of 2014. This occasion lends a special air to relooking at its history.
From Buddhist believer to follower of Christ. A family who sticks to love and offers prayers together.
A man named Maeda Gidayu was responsible for the migration of Tainoura’s Christians to Kashiragashima, as well as for the founding Kashiragashima village
In the joy of presenting one’s lovingly grown flowers to God, one can see the important regard in which Kashiragashima church is held.
During the Edo period, many Christians migrated to Nozaki island in search of a new life. Today, many of those who live on Ojika island have also arrived there from elsewhere, and these settlers have brought fresh energy to the island.
The cultural landscape of the Ojika island group has been designated as an Important Cultural Landscape by the Japanese national government. Much of the landscape remains as it has done for centuries, and so does the warmth and the kindness of the people who live there.
The last remaining residents in Funamori left the island as a group 5 years earlier than those living in Nokubi village did. These are the reflections of the only person living on Ojika island who is originally from Funamori.
The remains of Nokubi and Funamori villages are linked by a rugged trail, which the island’s Christians walked for over 100 years.
It is said that one of the ancestors of Taguchi Tomisaburou (a minshuku owner on Ojika island) assisted the first family who settled in Funamori village.
After the Amakusa-Shimabara rebellion, there was group migration into Arima, with many people coming and settling there.
Although Hara castle was completely destroyed by the army of the shogunate, the area subsequently underwent a revival.
Many fishermen on Naru keep holy objects within their boats
Although Naru island is gradually becoming depopulated, Christians who live there are still managing to keep the flame of faith alive
It seems that St. Joseph’s earnest and sincere life resonated with local Christians
In 1985, a new church was constructed in Gorin, and Former Gorin church became disused.
The Christians who lived in Houki during the Meiji era were very devout, and they played their part in the church’s construction.
Tabira church was at the very heart of peoples’ lives. Some would walk for hours in order to attend Mass.
n Sotome today, there still remain "Hidden Christians" (known in Japanese as Kakure Kirishitan) whose ancestors chose not to rejoin the Catholic Church once the ban on Christianity had been lifted.
Father de Rotz, who gave himself wholeheartedly to relief work in Sotome, is still referred to affectionately by the local people as "Doro-sama".
A rosary hidden within a “kamidana”, an old man’s mysterious way of praying…
On Kuroshima, there is a special adjective meaning “pious” or “devout”. All of the islands Christians possess a picture of the Virgin Mary, a crucifix, a rosary and such like.