NCCL: Christianity in Japan in 100 pictures

04 May 2019
10:00 - 12:30
Oura Cathedral

This course explores the highs and lows of Christianity in Japan through paintings, architecture, artefacts and film. It begins with the ‘Christian Century’ (c. 1550-1640) when Catholic missionaries converted many thousands of Japanese. It then traces the persecution of Christians brilliantly captured in Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Silence’. For over 200 years a small number of Japanese, the Kakure Kirishitan, practised a form of Christianity, often under the veil of Buddhism. In the late nineteenth century, as Japan opened up to the Western world, Christian worship was again made legal and churches were established in particular on the island of Kyushu. Today it is reckoned that some 2% of Japanese are Christians. Many visual reminders of each stage of this story will be presented on this course.

Professor Christopher Joby teaches Dutch and Korean Studies in Poland. He has written several books and articles on theology and language and is currently writing a book on the Dutch language in Japan.

Saturday 4 May, 10am to 12.30pm in Norwich Cathedral Library
Cost: £10. To book your place contact NCCL Admin Team, 01603 218443, or email