Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

by berry-raspberry

Cripto-Christians???

When Rikyu lived, in Japan, Catholic missionaries like, Fransisco Xavier, and Luis Frois from the Society of Jesus stayed in Japan, and were preaching. There must have been a lot of believers in those days.

In 1612, Christianity got banned by Tokugawa Shogunate and it lasted until 1873. There were severe punishments if they were found that they were Christians, so those people concealed as crypto-Christians and disguised as Buddhists.
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Beside the tea room, over the bush, there are tombs and lanterns.

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Some people say this carving is Mary and Baby Jesus because there are no Buddhist statues with a baby. However, Nanshuji denies it.

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Looks like a cross is carved.

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"Narrow Gate"




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by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-29 17:12 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)