Remains of Hara Castle
(Ⅰ) Origin of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|The site of the main battlefield during the Shimabara-Amakusa Rebellion, after which the remaining Christians had to go into hiding and find ways out to continue their religious faith by themselves.|
The Remains of Hara Castle is one of the components that bears testimony to what triggered the hiding of Japanese Christians. The castle remains became the major battlefield during the Shimabara-Amakusa Rebellion during the period when the ban on Christianity became stricter on a national scale. 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 be used to smuggle missionaries into Japan. Under this seclusion policy and the subsequent absence of missionaries, the remaining Christians were left to maintain their faith in hiding by themselves, and they would have to find a new place to maintain their religious communities.
|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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