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character ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’ comprise 12 sites: Remains of Hara Castle where occurred a historic event that triggered the formation of Hidden Christians’ tradition, villages that bear testimony to what Hidden Christians venerated, villages that demonstrate to what sort of locations Hidden Christians migrated to continue their religious faith, Oura Cathedral where occurred an event that triggered the transition of Hidden Christians’ tradition, and Egami Church that marks the end of Hidden Christians’ tradition.

(Ⅰ) Origin of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith

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  1. 1Remains of Hara Castle


    Minamishimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    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.

(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith

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  1. 2Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Kasuga Village and Mt. Yasumandake)


    Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Hidden Christians concealed their faith in this village by venerating the mountain and island as their sacred places and the sites on which their ancestors had been martyred.

  2. 3Kasuga Village and Sacred Places in Hirado (Nakaenoshima Island)

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    Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Hidden Christians concealed their faith in this village by venerating the mountain and island as their sacred places and the sites on which their ancestors had been martyred.

  3. 4Sakitsu Village in Amakusa


    Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture

    In this fishing village, Hidden Christians were able to continue practising their faith over time by substituting everyday items used in daily life and work for Christian devotional objects.

  4. 5Shitsu Village in Sotome

    01_外海の出津集落

    Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    At this village, Hidden Christians were able to practise their faith by secretly revering sacred icons and keeping the Catholic liturgical calendar and catechism.

  5. 6Ono Village in Sotome

    01_外海の大野集落

    Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    At this place, Hidden Christians enshrined their own deities in Shinto shrines and disguised their faith by outwardly behaving as Shinto practitioners.

(Ⅲ) Hidden Christians’ endeavours to continue and spread their religious faith

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  1. 7Villages on Kuroshima Island

    01_黒島の集落

    Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages by praying to the Maria Kannon statue in a Buddhist temple after their migration to former clan pasturelands in need of redevelopment.

  2. 8Remains of Villages on Nozaki Island

    01_野崎島の集落跡

    Ojika Town, Kitamatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Here the villages were built on steeply sloping terrain. Hidden Christians continued to practice their faith after migrating to the island regarded as sacred by Shinto believers.

  3. 9Villages on Kashiragashima Island

    01_頭ヶ島の集落

    Shinkamigoto Town, Minamimatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture

    It was in these villages that Hidden Christians passed on their faith after their migration to the island under the guidance of a Buddhist man. Formerly, that once had been used for sick people; therefore, there were no pre-existing communities.

  4. 10Villages on Hisaka Island

    01_久賀島の集落

    Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Hidden Christians maintained their faith in these villages after migrating to undeveloped land on the island in accordance with a migration policy established by feudal lords. There was mutual cooperation between the Hidden Christians and the pre-existing Buddhist communities.

(Ⅳ)The transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christians, leading to the transformation and the end of their tradition

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  1. 11Egami Village on Naru Island(Egami Church and its Surroundings)

    01_奈留島の江上集落

    Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    This village was established by Hidden Christians who migrated to a valley near the seacoast, isolated from the pre-existing villages, and they later built a church after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The conventional church design was adapted to take the characteristic topography of the village into account.

  2. 12Oura Cathedral


    Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    The site of an encounter with returned Catholic missionaries after an absence of over two centuries that triggered the transitional phase in the religious identity of Hidden Christian communities.