Takayama Ukon to Be Beatified Next Year?

The story is in the English language version of Asahi Shimbun, and was praised by Get Religion.

Currently, he’s Venerable Justo (or Justus) Takayama Ukon.

His Christian name was Justo, and Western Christian sources called him “Dom” (Portuguese for lord). Takayama is his family name, and Ukon was his office name that he went by as an adult. Other names are Hikogoro (his baby name, which Japanese back then usually changed upon becoming boys or adults) and Shigetomo (his young man name).

He was a great general, but also waged peace. He loved Japan but died in exile. His life story is full of twists and turns, but he seems to have lived it all with honor and good sense.

The man has his own “Dom Justo Takayama Ukon” TV Tropes page. It’s a good explanation page. Just don’t follow the links if you want to do anything else today.

He has appeared as a character in various anime and manga, including Hyouge Mono (which is about a fellow disciple in the Way of Tea) and The Ambition of Oda Nobunaga (an alternate universe history/time travel anime).

I previously covered Blessed Diego Kagayama Hayato, the faithful samurai retainer who gave pro tips to his executioner; the blind biwa player, Jesuit brother Lourenço Ryousai; and the possible ninja-clan martyrs, Blessed Joannis Hattori Jingoro and Blessed Petrus Hattori.

Christian Samurai inventor and lord of Fukuwara, Juan Goto (aka Iwabuchi Matagoro), whose memory is celebrated with local festivals. His fate is unknown.

More stories of the Japanese martyrs. “They were killed and they conquered.”


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6 responses to “Takayama Ukon to Be Beatified Next Year?

  1. Reblogged this on Medieval Otaku and commented:
    Here’s a cool story. It’s not often that a Japanese Daimyo is up to be beatified by the Catholic Church!

  2. Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve been reading about Dom Iustus Takayama since four years ago.

    Another favorite of mine regarding Catholics in Korea and Japan, is Blessed Caius of Korea. What an inspiring story!

    • Yeah, pretty much the entire anime/manga/light novel subgenre of “let’s turn historical figures into women” is pretty much comprised of fanservice, harems of girls, adaptations of dating and hentai videogames, and animes that just aren’t that great. The sad thing is that this particular series is apparently not as bad as usual, which tells you about the low bar being set.

      • Yes, that subgenre has many unsavory things.

        In this series, for example, on of the most jarring and distasteful elements, is a nun character used for fanservice.

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