Chapter 11 - Light and Shadow: Christian History, Resurrected. Hidden Christians Discovered and the Tragedy of Nagasaki

About Chapter 11

In Urakami, donated to the Society of Jesus by Harunobu Arima, the belief for Christianity had existed in spite of being under the rule of banning Christianity. From the end of Edo period to the beginning of Meiji period, during this time, one of the most important religious incidents occurred such as the discovery of hidden Christians and the forth execution of Christians (one of the incidents of suppressing Christianity called “Urakami Yoban Kuzure”).

After twists and turns, Japanese Christians finally had won the freedom of religion by the government lifting the ban on Christianity. But that was a fleeting moment. The most terrible tragedy was happened during Showa period.