This is the story of several journeys outward and inward. In the autumn of 1934 three young priests of the Society of St. Columban arrived in Tokyo to begin missionary work in Japan. A half century later a former World-War-II military historian arrived in Tokyo to learn their story and to write a book about them. 'Japan Journey' is thus both an inspiring book about the missions and a modern travel book. It is a story set in a remarkable period of modern history, witnessing the rise of Imperial Japan, its shattering defeat, and its stunning recovery. But it is also the story of the long history of Christianity in Japan, beginning with the day in 1549 that St. Francis Xavier landed near Nagasaki, a tale of numerous conversions and bloody persecutions, of hidden Christians who held onto their faith in secret for two hundred years. It is also the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who worked in Japan in the 1930's, and his friend, the irrepresible Brother Zeno, a legend among the Japanese to this day. It recounts with verve and humor the joys and pitfalls of modern missionary life and the special pride the Columbans take in their Boys Town in Kumamoto. But most of all this is a book about the Japanese themselves and their uniquely beautiful culture, about their attitudes toward Christianity, and about the clash between their traditional values and the new values generated by the economic miracle of the postwar years.
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Book Description Crossroad, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0824506561