Nagasaki is very cosmopolitan, with a very long history of resident foriengers and visitors. During the 200 years when Japan secluded itself from the west, Nagasaki was still partly open, notably to the Dutch.

This is one of the earliest Catholic churches in the area, another of Nagasaki's distinctions being that it was the entry point of Christianity.

..looking just as European as can be!

Being the focal point for Christianity in Japan, also made it the focal point for persecution of Christians in Japan. These original items were used to "sort" the soon-to-be-martyred. Those who refused to stand on them and renounce Christianity were put to death in an assortment of unpleasant ways...

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