Monument of the Arima Seminary

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Monument of the  Arima Seminary

(Pilgrimage to the Shimabara Peninsula)

The Jesuit priest Fr.Valignano, arrived in Japan in 1579.
Believing that Japanese cooperation was essential to propagate
Christianity in Japan.
Fr.Valignano established a seminary in 1580 on a tract of land donated
by Arima Harunobu, who was baptized in the same year.
According to the rules and timetable drawn up by the priest,
boys studied Latin, Western music, and other subjects, and even deepened
their understanding of Japanese literature .
It is known that at least three Christian educational establishments were
opened in Arima, but their exact whereabouts remain unclear .

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