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I used to live about 50 metres from the monument to the 26 in Nagasaki - always found it haunting and sad to see the child-sized figures on the statue. There is a small but cool Gaudi-inspired church there as well. It's a shame that most people only know of the city's tragic 20th century history, there's a lot of fascinating stuff before then as it was the only place open to foreigners for a long time. And the story of how the Christians remained hidden for like 200 years is worth following too.
Her point is that she doesn't think that Catholics are Christians.
She is (of course) wrong.
You should also read the historical fiction novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō. It came out in 1966 and was assigned reading for an East Asia class I took in college in the 1990s. A movie version is supposed to be coming out next year but it has been delayed forever and there isn't even a trailer out yet.
The most recent article from a site on Japanese history I like to follow.
This one is pretty damn good, puts the Christian persecutions into a historical context. Some good research, but a bit long for the casual readers.
Would like a bit more information on the gory details of the persecutions from the Tokugawa period. I remember reading that hundreds or thousands were killed. A bit macabre, but I'd like to read more on that.
Are you serious?
whacko anti-Catholic street corner handout cards are not a valid source for anything.
Catholics are Christian. Is this a thing with you people? I'm athiest btw.
Martin Scorsese is making it. Should be out next year. He's been wanting to make it for decades. I've been meaning to read it for a while. Would you recommend it?
Did all 26 smell of sunflowers?