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Learn about Japan’s Early Christians, April 7th, 2016

If you are a history buff like me, you will enjoy the upcoming program to learn about Japan’s early Christians. The Tokyo Union Church, Women’s Fellowship will host a two-hour seminar on the subject. The seminar will be lead by Yushi Nomura, M.Div., Yale Divinity School, and teaches Christian arts and medieval history at Aoyama Gakuin University. Come, learn and enjoy!

Learn about Japan’s Early Christians

Christianity arrived in Japan in 1549 and soon there were many converts. Nagasaki became the center of the rapidly growing faith, and by the end of the century about 600,000 people had become Kirishitan.

However, in 1613 Tokugawa Ieyasu outlawed Christianity because of the threat he perceived from Christian connections to the West. The Kirishitans suffered severe persecution and martyrdom. But they preserved their faith in secret, keeping their prayers, and even giving hidden Christian meaning to Buddhist statues of Kannon.Learn about Japan's Early Christians

Using words and images, as well as a rare recording of their chanted prayer, Yushi Nomura will tell the amazing story of the Kirishitans’ perseverance through the centuries and re-emergence in the modern world.

Learn about Japan’s Early Christians

Cost: Women’s Fellowship members: Free, Non-members: ¥1000 donation requested

Learn about Japan's Early Christians, Best Living JapanDate and Time: Thursday, April 7th, 2016; 9:30 coffee in the fellowship hall, presentation start at 10:30 and ends around 12:00 in the Sanctuary. If you can attend the coffee please try to bring a small snack for others to share. Coffee is optional if you do not have time. Please arrive by 10:20 for the seminar.

Address: Tokyo Union Church,  5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 (on the main Omotesando street)


Tokyo Union Church’s Women’s Fellowship

The Tokyo Union Church’s Women’s Fellowship provides a comfortable place to meet friends from all over the world, Learn about Japan's Early Christianslearn about the culture of Japan, explore the Christian faith and your own spirituality, and volunteer with a sense of Tokyo union church, best living japanpurpose.  These activities may include, but are not limited to programs, classes, tours, lunches, cross-cultural sharing (formerly called “Shinboku-kai”) and service opportunities, such as through Ministry to Our Homeless Neighbors. Fall is the best time to start or renew your annual membership. All women are eligible to become members of Women’s Fellowship. Membership in Tokyo Union Church is not required. Guests are most welcome to attend activities; a non-member fee will be charged. Membership fee is ¥4000 per year per person, due in Sept. for the 2015-2016 year, but later payments are accepted. Membership benefits includes: no fee for attendance at monthly programs, cross-cultural sharing, and event lunches held at Tokyo Union Church, discounted attendance fee for tours and cooking classes, eligibility for class registration. annual directory listing members’ contact information in Japan and regular communication through email of upcoming events, especially through the Open Circlenewsletter, published nine times a year. Facebook page of the Women’s Fellowship https://www.facebook.com/wf.tuc/


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