The Ricci Institute presents a new exhibit of its Japanese and Chinese treasures
The Samurai & the Cross: Life and Death in Christian Japan, 1549-1650
Manresa Gallery of St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker Avenue
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (between Masses)
Tuesdays - Fridays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays & Saturdays
"The Samurai & the Cross: Life and Death in Christian Japan, 1549-1650", begins with the arrival of Jesuit missionary, Francis Xavier (1491–1552) in Japan in 1549 in the midst of the “Warring States”—a turbulent period of civil war that ended in 1600, when Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) unified the country. This exhibit displays rare historical artifacts and documents recently acquired by the USF Ricci Institute that tell the story of Japan’s initial encounter with Christianity, the crisis that culminated in its prohibition in 1614, the subsequent decades of persecution, and the survival of the “hidden Christians” who continued to practice their faith in secret for over two centuries. It also reveals how, despite the prohibition, Christian books composed and printed by the Jesuits in China were imported into Japan both legally and illegally in the 17th and 18th centuries. These books arrived aboard the ships of Chinese merchants engaged in trade at the international port of Nagasaki—which remained an important bridge to the world beyond the shores of Japan. This unique story of faith and resilience was made known to a wider audience last year with the release of Martin Scorsese’s film, Silence, based on the 1966 novel by Japanese Catholic writer, Shusaku Endo (1923-96).
Four mentored international workshops will be organized at prestigious academic institutions in North America, East Asia, and Europe during the grant period for the benefit of post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty who are preparing a book manuscript for publication. These workshops will focus on research methodologies, historiography, working in different scholarly rhetorical traditions, manuscript composition in English vs. in other languages, and publication processes. Workshop participants will be mentored by senior scholars and experts in the field and will have the opportunity to interact with representatives of Brill Academic Publishers.