Philippines honors Japan's Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon

National Dec 22, 2018

Philippines honors Japan's Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon

The Philippines on Friday honored Takayama Ukon, a Japanese feudal warlord who was exiled to the Southeast Asian country 404 years ago because he was Christian. In marking the anniversary of the daimyo's arrival in the Philippines on Dec. 21, 1614, the municipal government of ...

National Jun 22, 2015

Christian warlord Takayama Ukon to be beatified

The Vatican has agreed to recognize Takayama Ukon, one of Japan's best-known Christian warlords, as beatus or "blessed," the stage before being declared a saint, Vatican sources said. A beatification ceremony will be held next year in Japan following an official announcement later this year ...

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

Stage Jan 15, 2014

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

by Rei Sasaguchi

Most kabuki plays have at their core a dramatic historical episode. Around this, there's generally a colorful, oft-times melodramatic and action-packed confection of intrigues, loyalties, romances, self-sacrifice and villainy founded on varying degrees of fact — or simply fashioned as pure fiction. In "Sanzenryō Haru ...

Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden

Environment Jun 30, 2013

Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden

by Stephen Mansfield

It is always heartwarming to come across a historical preservation area where people actually live and go about their daily lives. Such is Nagamachi, one of several older districts of Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. Less visited ...