Although Christianity was introduced to Japan in 1549, it was banned in 1612 for political reasons. After that, Japan adopted the isolation policy except for China, Korea and the Netherlands. In that situation, in the early 18th century, an Italian missionary named Sidotti tried to enter Japan and landed Yakushima island, southwest of Japan, despite knowing Japan's strict persecution of Christianity. He was soon arrested and taken to Edo(now Tokyo). In Edo, there was a house run by authority where christians were investigated, interrogated, confined and forced to abandon their faith. There was a high-rank official of the Shogunate named Hakuseki Arai who was in charge of investigation into Sidotti. As a result of this, he wrote the book entitled Seiyou Kibun (interview-based western situation) which was kept secret for a while but later became instructive for encouragement of western knowledge. Sidotti died in 1713, 5 years after he was arrested. The photo below is a stone monument built in Bunkyo ward in Tokyo which tells us that just aronud here, the house called Kirishitan Yashiki was located. Why don't you join my tour? I would like to talk about history with you.
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