Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki are part of  the groups of Nagasaki Churches and Christian related Heritage, which aims to join the World Heritage status to promote and educate the world about the long Christian History in Nagasaki.  The gravestone in context is a semicircular column shape which is the most beautiful shape among Christians’ gravestones and indicates that someone of importance within the community at large died here and was buried with dignity.

The epigraph is the oldest Roman epigraph in Japan.  On the back of the gravestone, a cross shape emblem of flower petals was carved by a seal-engraving knife and the front has slightly dented dual edges.  On the higher part, there is a small wedge cross shape, the axial side is fully carved with Roman epigraph and the other axial side is dually edged and a clover cross shape emblem is carved on the flat part. The epigraph is Portuguese style with Roman letters and deciphered as Philisakuemon Diogo born year 1583 (died) 1610 October 16th.

It's very unique to see a Christian cross smack bang in the middle of a Japanese Cemetery which of course comprises of Buddhist emblems.  The cross and resulting gravestone isn't too difficult to find and one realizes that something special in regards to Christian history occurred in these parts of Japan so many years ago.

Definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in Christian History in general and or just to step back in time and lose yourself in the feelings and emotions of the day.

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Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki Christian Cross

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki The Tombstone

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki Centre Stage

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki Portuguese Writings

Nishiarie Christian Tombs Nagasaki Christian Signage

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki is without a doubt one of the best Shrines to visit in Nagasaki.  Also, one of the best things about New Years in Japan is the obligatory visit to a Shrine to get a blessing in order to provide health and prosperity for the upcoming year!  The Shrine of choice this year for my family and I was the local Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki located in Chijiwa Town about 15 minutes from our house.

Not only is this Shrine well known from all around but it has the distinction of having the biggest and tallest Kadomatsu (Pine tree Gate features) in the world.  It's a great feeling to appreciate the effort and dedication of the local people who take tremendous pride in their local surroundings to put their heart and soul into the construction.  One can fully appreciate the effort and the dedication that the locals and the overall community put into their fantastic communal area.  Their pride and community spirit is absolutely measurable and appreciated.

The beauty of the area is unparalleled and its tranquil just to walk around, pray at the altar and buy a fortune ticket which will explain to you how your life will unravel in the upcoming year, if you believe in all that superstition of course!  I am fairly sure I will visit the same Shrine next New Years as well as its too hard to resist its appeal.

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Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki Night time shot of the Shrine entrance

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki The Shrine is the place to be at the beginning of the New Year

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki New Years fortune messages

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki Messages of hopes and wishes

Tachibana Shrine Nagasaki Largest Pine Gate Entrance in the World