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update:January 20, 2016

The Site of Hokobaru Martydom 

 

After Christianity was banned by the Bateren Tsuihou ordinance of 1587, it seemed the religion had vanished. However, many Christians continued to practice in secret. When the Tokugawa Shogunate took control in 1614 and then closed Japan’s borders to the outside world in 1633, then started a hunt to eliminate all practicing Christians in order to restore tradition. In 1657, known as the Kori Kuzure (Collapse of Kori), the government found and arrested 603 Christians hiding in the area known as Kori Village within Omura-han. Out of this large number, 197 people were either found innocent or imprisoned. The other 406 people were executed. Due to the number of executions, 275 people were sent to other areas to meet their fate, such as Shimabara, Nagasaki, and Saga. At the Site of Hokobaru Martyrdom, 131 of those captured were beheaded.