Archive for October, 2010

by / on October 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Joseph Cook, the well-known Boston lecturer, visited Japan in1882.

Joseph Cook, the well-known Boston lecturer, visited Japan in 1882, and through interpreters addressed many large audiences. He was the first of the noted Christian speakers from abroad that have gone to Japan for such purposes, and his vigorous words attracted much attention. He was invited to speak in Kyoto by some prominent members of the Prefectural Assembly. Hiring a […]

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by / on October 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm / in The Protestant Missions

All that shall live Godly in Christ Jesus, shall receive persecution!

The missionary correspondence of 1881 and succeeding years contained accounts of the mass meetings that were frequently held in theaters. The ordinary theatre of Japan is a large, bam-like structure, open to the roof, the wood-work unpainted, and without ornamentation except that of the furnishings of the stage. The floor is divided by low railings into what resemble small cattle-pens. […]

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by / on October 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm / in The Protestant Missions

The first Young Men's Christian Association in Japan.

The first Young Men’s Christian Association among the Japanese was probably that organized this year in Tokyo. Rev. Messrs. Kozaki, Ibuka, Hiraiwa, and Uemura were prominent in the early days of the society. Meetings of its members were held for religious and philosophical discussions, a small library was formed, and there were occasional evangelistic services. It formed the foundation of […]

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by / on October 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Remarkable meeting held in the Public Park at Ueno, Tokyo.

October 13 and 14 a remarkable meeting was held in the Public Park at Ueno, Tokyo. A restaurant with its pounds was rented and services held from nine o’clock in the morning until five in the afternoon. There were prayers, the singing of Christian hymns, and addresses by both Japanese and foreigners. Dr. Verbeck thus described the exercises: “In the […]

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by / on October 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Opposition and the first translation of the Bible in Japanese!

Opposition, however, was not at an end. In Kyoto the local government instructed the ward officers to advise the people not to go to the houses of missionaries or to places where Christianity was preached, giving as a reason that the people already had a sufficient number of religions and those that were good enough. Two of the Japanese teachers […]

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by / on October 25, 2010 at 10:55 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Tango Obaa San, or Old Lady of Tango!

In, a small town in the province of Tango on the shores of the Japan Sea lived a woman whose story is here condensed from an account written by Rev. J. H. DeForest. She belonged to a family of some local importance, one of whose members had died in the year 1854. By the old calendar, which divided the years […]

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by / on October 25, 2010 at 10:29 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Influence of Western Materialism on Japan.

Intercourse with Western lands brought to the Japanese not only a knowledge of Christianity, but also of modem materialism and skepticism. The letters of missionaries show that they quickly recognized the danger. Thus Rev. J.T. Gulick wrote: “It becomes more and more evident that the strongest opponent to Christianity in Japan will not be Buddhism but materialism; not the religions […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Baikwa Jogakko in Osaka and a school for the Blind in Tokyo!

In January, 1878, the two Congregational (or Kumi-ai, as they were afterwards called), churches in Osaka, each having about twenty-five members, opened the school for girls to which was given the name Baikwa Jogakko (Plum-blossom Girls’ School). Rev. H. Leavitt, a missionary of the American Board, was an earnest advocate of self-support, believing that the Christians should not depend on […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Conventions in Tokyo and Osaka!

The year 1878 was marked by a number of conventions that in various ways showed the progress that was being made. The earliest of these was a meeting of delegates sent by the nine churches that had grown up in connection with the work of the American Board. It was held in Osaka January 2 and 3. Its purpose was […]

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Begingings of a Prison Ministry in Japan! 1875!

In 187s Dr. J. C. Berry had obtained through the American Minister permission to visit prisons in different parts of Japan. The results of his inspection were embodied in a report that he made in 1876 to the Japanese Government, adding many suggestions about needed improvements. The Government had the report printed and distributed among the prison officials, a fact […]

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