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2 June 2016

The Twenty Six Martyrs Museum, Mishawaka, Nagasaki, Japan [The pilgrimage tour around Nagasaki]

The place we should think about the Spanish colonization through the modern ages.

The first meeting to Christian in Japan

When I visited to Nishizaka, it was rainy day. Though the spring will be changed to early summer, it was cold and wet day in May. Nishizaka is a small hill in front of the main station of Nagasaki. Pedestrians walked up to the hill to get the museum and small church to pray the twentysix martyrs on Momoyama era.




The history of Martyrs in Nagasaki

This museum and church was officially assigned as the pilgrimage spot in Nagasaki. The martyrdom in Nagasaki had happened on 1597 under the Toyotomi government in Momoyama era. The international trade between European countries and Japan had rapidly developed the past 30 years. On 1596, minor trouble between Portuguese and Spanish and between the society of Jesuit and Order of Friars Minor occurred the Saint Phillipe case. The Japanese Slave trade had become the trigger of this historical event. The governor, Hideyoshi Toyotomi had announced the Statement of Expulsion of Christian padre on 1587. But the statement had been watered down, because the Japanese society had emphasized the importance and benefit of the international trade instead of the Christian. After Saint Phillipe case which the Spanish crews remark about the expansion of the colony of Spain with the Catholic Church, which might have never recognized the truth of event, expulsion had developed to the martyrdom. From the view point of the Japanese government, the Catholic Church and countries which expanded their territories with unethical means had seemed the crisis.
The twenty five martyrs had brought from Osaka and Kyoto to Nagasaki. The journey was cold mid-winter season. Twenty Japanese, four Spanish, one Mexican and one Portuguese had been sentence to a punishment at Nishizaka, Nagasaki.

All countries which had been colonized by Spain and Portugal, Philippines, Cuba, South American countries or several African countries, were still under the difficulty of the development.

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