"A rare image of the Goddess Harati. To the left, you see her holding a pomegranate (she is standing in an ancient pomegranate grove). In the centre she is nursing a child while others play around her. To the right is a figure who could be Buddha.
Protects from evil, aids meditation and balance. Her symbols are water and pine. Kishi-mujin is a mother Goddess figure in Japan . Compassion: replacing sadness with joy; fear with comfort and darkness with light.
A fumi-e was a religious icon used test to the faith of Japanese Christians. It could be made out of bronze, wood, or ceramic, or a combination of materials. Some would feature the Madonna, but in this example we see that this fumi-e is a crucifix.
Tea bowl with cross. The owner of this bowl could partake tea and biscuits with government officials, who would be completely unaware that their host was a hidden Christian celebrating Holy Communion right under their noses. The tea being the blood, the biscuit being the flesh of Christ.
Postcard showing a Japanese woman about to take the Christian allegiance test, if she walks across the holy icon (fumi-e) she is set free, if she walks around it, she is executed.
Takayama Ukon (1552-1615), also referred to as Dom Justo Takayama. A Christian Daimyo (feudal lord) who was given the choice of relinquishing his faith or being expelled, losing all his lands and wealth. He chose the latter and died in the Philippines. A bronze statue to his memory was erected in the Plaza Dilao, Manilla. Takayama is currently in consideration for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. If it happens this year, it will be the 400 year anniversary of his death.