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Nagasaki

Site of the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan

  • In 1597, 26 men and boys including foreign missionaries were martyred in Nagasaki. These were the first executions in Japan where it can be said with certainty that they were directly owing to their victims’ Christian faith.
  • There were six non-Japanese in the group, including Spaniards and one Mexican.
  • In 2012 it was designated as an official pilgrimage site.
  • The 26 martyrs are remembered across the world, and there are several churches dedicated to them.
  • The architect Imai Kenji and the sculptor Funakoshi Yasutake designed a memorial church and a relief in order to preserve the site for future generations.

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Martyrdom

[Martyrdom] Martyrdom is the act of choosing death and giving one's life to God rather than abandoning Christian faith and morals.

Pilgrimage

[Pilgrimage] Pilgrimage is to deepen one's faith by visiting churches and holy places such as martyrdom sites and places associated with saints and blessed persons; offering thanks and prayers; repenting for sins; and making amends. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of non-Christians who visit churches and holy places in search of comfort and healing.

Saint

[Saint] Saint is a title given by the Pope in official recognition of the holiness of those who have devoted their lives to deep faith as martyrs and Christians. A "saint" is added to the list of saints, and a "blessed" is added to the list of blessed persons.

Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan

[Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan] The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan was the first martyrdom case in Japan. People were executed for their Christian faith by the authority of the time. Twenty-six believers were arrested in Kyoto, Osaka, and other cities; were made to walk to Nagasaki; and were executed at Nishizaka on February 5, 1597. The event caused a great sensation in Europe, and the twenty-six were later canonized as saints.

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