About Otometoge & Maria Seido Chapel:
Although Christianity had been outlawed in Japan during the Edo period, 1603-1867, some Christians continued to practice the faith in secret. The Meiji Restoration in 1867 gave them the mistaken belief that the ban on Christianity had been lifted and so they made their faith known publicly. This resulted in their immediate arrest and banishment to other parts of the country in an attempt to get them to abandon their religion. When they refused they were tortured, starved to death and killed.
The Otome Toge Maria Chapel was built in 1951 in memory of those Christians, mostly from Nagasaki, who were forcibly relocated during the persecutions to various remote parts of Japan in an effort to get them to abandon their religion. Tsuwano was one of those places. Tortured for their faith, they remained true and most did not survive.
Near the chapel is a monument with a statue of Virgin Mary and a man in a cage, depicting the story of one of the Christians who was locked up and left in the cold, but stood steadfast because the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him every night.
Traveling to Maria Seido Chapel:
Address: 699-5605, Tsudano-cho Goda, Tsukano- gun , Shimane Prefecture 66-7
Tel: +81 (0856) 72-0251 Fax: +81 (0856) 72-0282