Remains of Hara Castle
(Ⅰ) Origin of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|The site of a historic event that led to the establishment of Japan’s national seclusion policy and Hidden Christians assuming responsibility for transmitting their own beliefs without the support of Western priests.|
The castle remains became the major battlefield during the Shimabara-Amakusa Rebellion, in which Japanese Catholics in the southern part of the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa took up arms in the early period of the nationwide ban on Christianity. The rebellion had a great impact on the Tokugawa Shogunate and triggered the establishment of Japan’s national seclusion policy for over two centuries, prohibiting the arrival of Portuguese ships that could smuggle missionaries into Japan. Under this seclusion policy and the subsequent absence of missionaries, Catholics in the Nagasaki region were left to maintain their faith and small religious communities by themselves.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Remains of Hara Castle||Minamishimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Historic Site designated by the national government||1938|
＞Hara Castle（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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