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Thank you for your reply - I suspect the final historical record will show your guesstimate of the numbers of female Kirishtan martyrs was correct.

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Hi,I wanted to ask you regarding a scene in the film 'Silence' when a Japanese woman who refused to renounce her faith was martyred by fire. I thought at first that maybe this scene was Hollywood exaggerating the actual facts - because I'm horrified at the thought that Japanese WOMEN were also martyred. In your careful, expert opinion - during the persecutions of the 16th and 17th centuries - were the numbers of Japanese female Kirishtan martrys in the dozens, the hundreds or the thousands?

Admin reply: I'm hardly an expert, but I haven't found anything suggesting the Tokugawa government made a distinction between male and female believers during the Edo era, and all the eye witness accounts indicate that men, women and children were executed.

So, assuming that half the Kirishitan population was female, I'd say that half of the martyrs were also female, so it would have been in the tens of thousands, assuming the total number of martyrs was around 50,000. The number might be much higher since many executions were not documented.


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I suppose that works well enough. Also worth noting, they have discontinued the brush nib attachment. You might have to move the pen to the dip pen section instead. I'm currently waiting for the BBB to get back to me that Mr. Ackerman hasn't contacted them, so I can in good conscience approach paypal with my request for a refund. Might also list ackerman's BBB review page along with your link.

-J

Admin reply: It might be best to just remove all references to the company. I'll do that soon. Thanks!


Added: February 1, 2017
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Dear Russ,

I'm contacting you today in regards to a recommendation I found on your blog for Ackerman * * *. I have purchased one of their * * * in addition to a few different nib holders for it, and after a month of no response to numerous emails and calls, I'm contacting you in hopes to prevent my annoyance from happening to anyone else. BBB rates his company an F, and I'm seeing to get my money refunded back through paypal. I highly doubt a business that refuses to deal with customers and doesn't deliver after a month really makes a product that works as advertised anyway. On another note though, my grandmother absolutely loved that walking cane + seat you recommended. I cross referenced it with all the other vendors selling similar, and that was the only product where the negative reviews weren't about the seat breaking on them. I didn't even know such a thing existed till I read it here.

-Thanks a lot,

J

Admin reply: Thanks for the heads up! I knew they had a reputation for being slow to respond, but it looks like that had gotten worse. With your permission I'd like to put your comment in the article as a caveat along with the Ackerman link. Glad to hear the cane/stool worked out for you, though! :)


Added: January 31, 2017
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Part 2
I am also challenged by the question that many undoubtedly ask when they watch the film: "What would I have done in that same situation? Would I have died for my faith or would I have denied it? Would I have publicly denied it and tried to practice my faith in secret? Or, would I have converted all together as some of the apostate priest did?" I would like to believe the former but it's hard to judge someone unless you are in their shoes. I also appreciated the closing of your article when you raise the important question of why the church has failed to flourish in Japan in a time of free religious expression. That same question can be asked of many places around the world and even here in the U.S.

Thank you again and may God bless you and the many ways in which you share the love of Christ with others. - Rudy

Admin reply: I have often thought about what I would have done, and can only thank God that I have never had to face such a decision. I read that the author of Silence, Shusaku Endo said that he himself would not have had the courage to be a martyr. Of course, if all Kirishitans chose martyrdom, then the Church would have completely vanished, and there would not have been an underground remnant to welcome the missionaries when Japan re-opened two centuries later. Very difficult issue!


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Part 1
Russ,
Thank you so much for your comprehensive and well written description of the history of Japanese Kirishitans. I also recently watched the movie "Silence" and was deeply intrigued to learn more about the fascinating history of the martyrs and * * * in Japan. As a Catholic, the movie challenged me in several ways and your article provided new insight and information that gave me better context to better understand that incredible part of history. I especially appreciated the time you took to show the various historical sites as they stand today and your personal journey of discovery to uncover parts of this almost lost history.

I am humbled by the thought of the many unnamed masses of people whose names we may never know but who died as Martyrs. These normal every day people who did extraordinary things and took immense risk to do something that I take for granted; the practice of my faith in public.

...continued in Part 2

Admin reply: Thank you Rudy for your comments. I look forward to reading "part 2" !


Added: January 23, 2017
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Hi Russ,
I want to recommend a book you might like: "Praying the Psalms in Christ" by Laurence Kriegshauser, OSB. It's expensive ($40 for a 300 page book!) but it has deepened my appreciation for the psalms and for Morning and Evening Prayer. Peace always!

Admin reply: Thanks! Sounds like a book I need to read!


Added: January 22, 2017
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Hi Russ,

I really love your subway sketch series, especially the ones with the brown ink (I gathered it's Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Brown then you changed to Waterman Havana Brown). I've found out that they're both not water resistant, so now I'm curious about how you wash the sketch. Did you use clear water in the waterbrush, wet the ink lines and let them dissolve a bit?

My second question: when you fill up your brushpen with brown ink wash, how did you make the brown ink wash?

Thanks in advance :)

Admin reply: As I recall (and those sketches were done 16 years ago!) I experimented with different ratios of brown ink and water until I found a nice medium shade, and just filled the brush pen with the ink wash. Coming through the brush pen, the ink wash was fairly dry and not very wet, so it didn't smudge the underlying ink lines much at all.


Added: January 13, 2017
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I want to express my appreciation and thanks for your article on the history of the Kirishitans in Japan. I recently saw the movie "Silence" based on the book by Shusaku Endo and found it confusing, unsettling and disturbing. Much of this reaction I realize now is because I had no background context about what was happening (as an American....). Coming home after the movie and researching 'fumi-e' I found your website. Now I feel I can appreciate the movie and will see it again. Wishing you health and happiness in this new year.

Admin reply: I'm glad you came across my article, and found it helpful! I hope to see Silence when it comes to Japan later this month. I wonder how Japanese viewers will react to it.


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I have been chanting the office with a couple of tone sets developed for the english language. I won't type the url but you can see something about it if you search for moungerblog (dot) wordpress (dot) com. I haven;t seen these mentioned on your site, so I hope this is of interest. :)

Admin reply: Thanks! I took a quick look, and they seem great. I'll take a closer look at these later and most likely add them to my ever expanding article!


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