“Kirishitan Katana 1060 Series”
The Kirishitan Katana (Christian Katana) is our tribute to Dom Justo Takayama (1552 Haibara-cho, Nara, Japan – February 4, 1615 Manila, Philippines). He was a Kirishitan daimyo (Christian daimyo) and a Japanese Samurai who followed Christianity in the Sengoku period of Japan. The tsuba design was based on an antique tsuba.
Born Ukon Takayama, he later converted to Catholicism and was baptized with a catholic name (Dom Justo) in 1564, from which moment he became a devoted believer in Christian faith. Japan began its Catholic Holocaust (Kirishitan Holocaust) which claimed over 1 million Catholics and forced thousands to flee to Macau and Manila. On November 8, 1614 he was expelled, together with 300 Japanese Chistians and left from Nagasaki Japan. He arrived later to Manila on Dec. 21 and was greeted warmly by the Jesuits and the local Filipinos there.
For those who reside/pass by Manila, specifically in Paco, you can see a statue of Dom Justo Takayama in Plaza Dilao, Manila. He is shown in the statue wearing warrior robes with his hair tied in a knot. He is carrying a sword that is pointed downward, upon which hangs a figure of the crucified Christ.
Visit this page to learn more about Dom Justo Takayama.