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How famous is Takashi Nagai in Japan? 2008/12/12 05:36
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As a Catholic I wonder how famous the Saint of Urakami, the physician and survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Paul Takashi Nagai, is today. Has anybody visited his hermitage Nyoko-dô and the museum?


by Plato  

.............................. 2008/12/14 19:19
who ?
by ryukokun rate this post as useful

I didn't know him but, 2008/12/15 05:13
Although I'm a native Japanese, I didn't know him.
He might be locally famous in Nagasaki area.

And I googled and found his Kanji name as ‰iˆä—˛,
and re-googled with keyword Nagasaki and Nagai Takashi(both in Japanese)
to get about 20 thousand hits.

JFYI
by dice-geist rate this post as useful

I can't believe it 2008/12/15 05:42
I'm sadly surprised that he isn't as popular as I thought in Japan.
Here he's especially famous for his book "The Bells of Nagasaki" (’ˇč‚̏ŕ,Nagasaki no Kane). He chose his name because of the famous Japanese martyr Paul Miki.
He has an English, German, French, Italian and of course Japanese Wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Nagai

However, I thank the ones who have taken the time to read my question and to give an answer.
by Plato rate this post as useful

. 2008/12/15 11:49
If you mention he is the author of "Nagasaki no Kane", that would remind people. (That was the case for me.)
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........ 2008/12/15 17:03
Plato I am kind of sad about Nagai . Have you ever heard about Sasaki , Sadako ?
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Sadako Sasaki 2008/12/19 05:28
Yes, she was the little girl which died of Leukemia caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I know that here in some German hospitals paper cranes are folded because of the legend the friend of Sadako Sasaki told her: that for 1000 paper cranes she would have a free wish and so she began to fold them to make it possible for her and others to get healthy again.


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family education 2008/12/19 15:41
I am 32 year old. My family is not Catholic. But my mother told me about Dr.Nagai and the song of Kane-no-naru-oka when I was a child. I also remember the story of Kitahara Satoko of Ari-no-machi-no-Maria.
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Dr Nagai 2008/12/19 16:06
On my last trip to Japan (Feb 06) i visited the Nyokodo and Museum, i recommend seeing both, they are within walking distance of the cathedral.
by Philip rate this post as useful

Thanks 2008/12/20 23:46
Thank you ochadai and Philip for telling your experiences and impressions. It's much appreciated.
by Plato rate this post as useful

Yes he IS 2008/12/22 00:03
Yes, he's famous here.
I clearly remember that I learned about him when I was in junior high school. Also, I don't remember when but I've seen tv programs about him before.

*I'm not from Nagasaki,btw.
by an ordinary Japanese uni student rate this post as useful

Dr Nagai 2009/1/6 18:01
He was an inspirational man and I think he's well known here in Nagasaki. The museum and the tiny house where he spent his last days are well worth a visit (you can see a photograph of the house in Wikipedia). They are a short walk from Peace Park and the Atom Bomb Museum. His book "The Bells of Nagasaki" is a moving document.
by Jon rate this post as useful

Inspriational 2009/5/25 14:40
Dr Nagai and the Nagasaki Peace Park are an inspiration although the latter was, understandably, hijacked by left-wing/socialist propaganda during the Cold War.
Nagasaki has a much better feeling for foreigners travelling to Japan compared to Hiroshima. Nagasaki gives the westerner a feeling of 'Never Again!' whereas Hiroshima gives a feeling of 'look what you evil foreigners did to us'.
Dr Nagai's house is also beautiful and wonderful how much can be done with a 3 Tatami size.
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Takashi Nagai 2010/8/8 00:49
I think it is extremely sad that Takashi Nagai isn't much better known and honored neither in his native Japan nor the rest of the world. There is a small museum adjacent to his small hut where he wrote many of his books - which are unfortunately very difficult to purchase.
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