St. Francis Xavier: An Apostle of the East

Vol 1: The Encounter Between Europe and Asia During the Period of the Great Navigations

Bilingual (English-Japanese) Edition with CD-ROM

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450th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER IN JAPAN
Sophia University International Symposium 1998
Edited by the Executive Committee

Xavier


When we consider the advance of Europe into Asia 450 years after the arrival of Francis Xavier into Japan, the question arises as to what exactly this advance contributed to the world of our culture and religion? What significance does it have for us today? This culture, which included religion, combined with some of the traditional elements of the country and assimilated them. However, if we were to alter our viewpoint, we might say that it was a remarkable period of transformation, when the identity of Japanese culture was being tested. Now, we will use this type of pluralistic Asia as our standpoint, by conforming to the historical image of Francis Xavier that has come down to us, and by clarifying the facts behind the advance of Europe into Asia. If we were to make efforts to ascertain the truths behind not only Francis Xavier himself but also the encounter between Europe of the 16th century and the pluralistic Asian world , we might uncover an appropriate message geared towards the 21st century, a message called for by the co-existence of diverse cultures.


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CONTENTS

    PART 1 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER'S ARRIVAL IN JAPAN

  1. The Significance in World History of Xavier's Coming to Japan [by Toshiaki Koso, SJ]
  2. West Approaches the East : The Portuguese Advance in Eastern Lands and Seas, 1498-1549 [by Dauril Alden]
  3. Xavier and Japan : Encounter of Man and Culture [by Yuki Ryogo, SJ]

    PART 2 THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN EUROPE AND ASIA

  4. Francis Xavier and the World of Islam [by Paul Jackson, SJ]
  5. Portuguese Missionaries and their Understanding and Dealings with Hinduism in India [by Charles Borges, SJ]
  6. Francis Xavier and Japan : The Encounter, and the First Contact of Christianity with Japan [by Hisashi Kishino]
  7. Texts of the Society of Jesus in India and Japan from the 16th to 17th Centuries : An Attempt at Interpretation of the contexts of the History of Thought Literature, and Post-Colonialism [by Engelbert Jorissen]

    PART 3 THE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRISTIAN ART IN ASIA

  8. Christian Art and the Birth of Western Painting, with Special Reference to the 16th Century [by Mitsuru Sakamoto]
  9. Christian Art in Sixteenth-Century Spain [by Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, SJ]
  10. The Jesuits and the Reception of European Art in Mughal India, 1580-1620" [by Gauvin Bailey]
  11. Chinese Painting and Western Art Introduced by Jesuit Missionaries [by Hiromitsu Kobayashi]
  12. The Art of the Jesuit Mission in Japan, in the Age of Saint Francis Xavier and Alessandro Valignano [by Gauvin Bailey]
  13. Xavier in "the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary" at Kyoto University [by Midori Wakakuwa]

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WallPaper: Embossed image of "Xavier preaching in Kagoshima" by Yugo Akuzawa, Nagasaki, 1972

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