おらしょ こころ旅

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Center of Nagasaki Prefecture/Western Nagasaki Prefecture

天正遣欧少年使節像

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Arima Harunobu

[Arima Harunobu] Arima Harunobu, the feudal lord of the Hizen Arima clan, succeeded to head of the family in 1571 and resided at Hinoe Castle. In 1580, he was baptized by Valignano and became a Kirishitan Daimyo (Christian feudal lord.) In 1582, he sent his cousin Chijiwa Miguel as a member of the first Japanese embassy to Europe, known as the Tensho embassy. In 1587, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi proclaimed the expulsion of Christian priests, Harunobu protected missionaries in his territory.

Alessandro Valignano

[Alessandro Valignano] Alessandro Valignano, as the Visitator General for all the Eastern missions of the Society of Jesus, led the early Christian community in Japan. He visited Japan three times from 1579. On his second visit to Japan in 1590 as an official Ambassador of the Viceroy of India, he had an audience with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, accompanied by the Tensho Embassy (the first Japanese embassy to Europe) which returned to Japan. In his mission to Japan, he showed innovative policies including adapting to Japanese customs and establishing educational institutions such as seminaries.

Otomo Sorin

[Otomo Sorin] Otomo Sorin, the feudal lord of the Bungo province, protected Kirishitans (Christians), after having met with Francis Xavier during his visit to Japan in 1551. In 1559, Sorin was appointed as Kyushu Tandai, the local commissioner having jurisdiction and command authority ofover the Kyushu region. In 1578, he was baptized and became a Kirishitan Daimyo (Christian feudal lord.)

Omura Sumitada

[Omura Sumitada] Omura Sumitada, the feudal lord of the Omura clan in the Hizen province, was adopted from the Arima family and succeeded to head of the Omura family in 1550. In 1561, he opened Yokoseura port in his territory to Portuguese ships. He was baptized and became the first Kirishitan Daimyo (Christian feudal lord) in Japan.

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