On the 5th the novitiate made an Edo Christian Pilgrimage. It rained occasionally but didn’t hinder out walk, instead made it cooler.
We began from the Asakusa Station and made our way to the Asakusa Catholic church. We couldn’t enter the Jishi Park which was the site of the Tenmacho prison because it was under construction. However, we were extremely surprised and shocked to hear that some 1,700 prisoners had been executed here.
In addition we visited Fudanotsuji and the Takanawa Catholic Church where there is an underground crypt for the Edo martyrs together with a museum.
Between 12th-15th May, the priest and followers of the Catholic Koganei Church made a pilgrimage to Kamigoto in Nagasaki prefecture. Amongst the places visited were:
The hidden Christians’ sites
Fr. Marc Marie de Rotz’s grave
Endo Shusaku Literature Museum
The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument
Saint Kolbe’s Museum