Nagasaki: Twenty-Six Martyrs Monument, Nakamachi Church Garden

This monument pays tribute to the 26 Catholics that were executed by crucifixion on the orders of Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

Back in peaceful Nagasaki after 5 years!

One of the great things about staying in Fukuoka is having access to wonderful neighboring cities in Kyushu – Nagasaki being one of them. It’s only about 2 hours away via shinkansen, making it ideal for a short day trip!

This time, I was able to go to new places that I wasn’t able to go to last time, such as the Twenty-Six Martyrs Monument and Nakamachi Church Garden.

During the 16th century, Nagasaki was considered as “The Rome of Japan”, with its significant Catholic population. At least before they were persecuted by the Japanese government in 1596.

Interestingly, the missionaries that first introduced Catholicism to the Japanese were Jesuits. It was easy for me to instantly connect with the story of Nagasaki, having graduated from a Jesuit-run university (Ateneo).

And, well, if you watched Rurouni Kenshin, you’d definitely see the inspiration for the Christian arc (with Amakusa Shogo). While that part of the series wasn’t based on Nagasaki per se, it was inspired by some events in a region in Kyushu called Shimabara.

Hopefully I get to visit Kagoshima, Kumamoto, or Saga next time I’m in southern Japan!