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by / on September 6, 2011 at 4:29 am / in The Protestant Missions

Mr. Hara Taneaki, Pioneer of the Prison Ministry!

                                  It will be remembered that several Christians had been serving as moral instructors in the prisons of the Hokkaido. A change in administration brought in a superintendent strongly prejudiced against Christianity, who soon adopted such measures as made the instructors feel that it […]

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by / on September 6, 2011 at 4:12 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Gathering at Viscount Matsudaira in 1896!

In September, 1896, there was a gathering at the villa of Viscount Matsudaira in Tokyo, of prominent persons connected with different religious systems. Nineteen Buddhist priests, sixteen Christians, two Shintoists, and five other persons were present. The professed object of the meeting was to promote friendly feelings between those of different beliefs. The speakers, as was natural, emphasized the similarities […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 1:23 am / in The Protestant Missions

This is still true to this day! Amazing!

While the exaggerated nationalism of that time led to a higher appreciation of what was distinctively Japanese, the people had gone so far in accepting Western ideas that they could not wholly give them up. Hence, much was said about an alleged characteristic of the Japanese, namely, that while they gladly borrow what is good in foreign lands, taking now […]

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by / on June 6, 2011 at 2:06 am / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Tsuda Umeko

Tsuda Umeko (December 31, 1864 – August 16, 1929) was an educator who pioneered in education for women in Meiji period Japan. Originally named Tsuda Mume, with mume or ume referring to the Japanese plum, she went by the name Ume Tsuda while studying in the United States before changing her name to Umeko in 1902. Tsuda Umeko was born […]

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by / on June 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Magdalene of Nagasaki

Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki (長崎のマグダレナ Nagasaki no Magudarena) was born in 1611 as the daughter of a Christian couple martyred about 1620. With the arrival of the Augustinian Order, Magdalene served as an Augustinian lay sister or tertiary, interpreter and catechist for Fathers Francis of Jesus Terrero and Vincent of Saint Anthony Simoens.In 1632, these two Augustinian friars, who had […]

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by / on June 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions


Not only in the open port but also in the interior, there was an increasing number of conversions. In August 1875,one of the missionaries baptized in the village of Matsunaga (Suruga) thirty persons who had received instruction from a catechist. Soon after this, the number of worshippers at the annual festival of a Shinto shrine in the neighboring city of […]

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by / on June 7, 2010 at 9:56 am / in Roman Catholic Missions


Rumors of a change in the policy of the Government increased. By the end of 1872, the exiles were receiving more lenient treatment, and there were many indications that brighter days were at hand. “EDICTS AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS REMOVED. PRISONERS FREED. INFORM ROME, PROPAGATION OF FAITH, HOLY INFANCY. NEED IMMEDIATELY FIFTEEN MISSIONARIES.” Such was the message written in March 1873, […]

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by / on April 25, 2010 at 11:26 am / in Roman Catholic Missions

The Resurrected Church (1855-1867)

Though the United States in 1854 negotiated a treaty with Japan, this and the similar arrangements made by other Western nations did not provide for the residence of foreigners in the country. It was, however, evident that the first breach had been made in the barriers that shut the Japanese away from other peoples and that the time could not […]

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