October 23, 2011
I don’t have a coherent narrative for this post. Just some photographs of Nagasaki landmarks.
This memorial is dedicated to the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan, 6 European missionaries and 20 Japanese Catholics who were crucified here in 1597 on the orders of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who suspected that the missionaries were part of a foreign plot to take over Japan.
Hideyoshi’s attempt to ban Christianity died with him but was later reinstated more effectively by the Tokugawa Shoguns. The 26 Martyrs were canonized in 1862 (about the time that the ban on Christianity was finally lifted.)
Moving on to an entirely different subject…
The old Chinese trading compound was located in the south of the city, so perhaps it is no coincidence that this is one of the best places in Japan to look for Chinese and Chinese-influenced food.