Hidden Christians: Part 2

  • Peter Barakan


    Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.


February 26, 2019

Hidden Christians: Part 2

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Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Christianity was banned in Japan. During the ban, believers faced unimaginable persecution. Some, however, held onto their faith and devised ways to worship in secret, often in remote locations such as Nagasaki’s Goto islands. In the second half of a two-part special, Japanology Plus features the Hidden Christians. Our guests include Yoshihiro Sakai, who continues to observe Hidden Christian practices.

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Yoshihiro Sakai

Yoshihiro Sakai lives in Shinkamigoto, Nagasaki Prefecture. Sakai performs a role similar to that of a priest in his local Hidden Christian community, becoming the ninth generation to do so after succeeding his father-in-law.

Hirotsugu Maeda

Hirotsugu Maeda was born on Ojika Island, in Nagasaki Prefecture. Through his work with an NPO, he acts as a tour guide on Nozaki Island and is responsible for the maintenance of the old Nokubi Church and the island. To continue the church’s upkeep, he travels to Nozaki Island over 20 times a month.

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