Monday, July 11, 2016

Early Christian artifacts gave orphanage founder solace

From Japan-

Once a sign of their faith, 48 sword guards that were likely used by Christians during the feudal era are being shown at the Sawada Miki Kinenkan museum here.

Since being put on display in May, they have been drawing a steady stream of visitors from all over Japan.

The sword ornaments are drawing attention to the museum, famed for its artifacts believed to have been used by crypto-Christians, who were forced to practice their faith in secrecy after anti-Christian policies were adopted.

The museum houses a collection of crypto-Christian art, crafts and other related artifacts acquired by Miki Sawada (1901-1980), the founder of the Elizabeth Saunders Home orphanage in Oiso. The museum is built in a corner of the premises of the orphanage.

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